One Special Election Ordered as Another Becomes Necessary

Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio) announced he would resign in the next few weeks to accept a teaching position at San Antonio College. A special election will be required to fill his unexpired term.

Southside ISD trustee Katie Farias (D), daughter-in-law of former Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio) and an aide to Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio), announced she would be a candidate in the special election. San Antonio attorney Desi Martinez previously established a campaign committee to challenge Pacheco in next year’s Democratic primary. Former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio), who won this seat in a special election, could also be a candidate.

Special Session: The Legislature adjourned sine die, ending the first special session, which was effectively over when House Democrats broke quorum weeks ago. A second special session begins tomorrow (Saturday) at noon. It is unclear whether the House will have a quorum when it convenes as an unannounced number of Democrats plan to remain in Washington, D.C., where they are advocating for federal voting rights legislation.

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