In yesterday’s report, we made a logical leap between a couple of sentences that needed some sentences in between. We’ll fill in the details here.
Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), who was not seeking re-election, has resigned. A special election will be required to fill his unexpired term. It will be run in the district as it is currently configured. Paddie represented Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Sabine and Shelby Cos., none of which are in HD9 following redistricting.
After redistricting, HD9 (Safe R)* includes Angelina, Houston, Polk, San Augustine, Trinity and Tyler Cos., none of which are part of the current HD9, which Paddie has represented. They are each currently represented in the Legislature, so Paddie’s resignation does not affect them in any way.
Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) faces Lufkin diesel technician Jason Rogers (D) in the general election for redrawn HD9. Ashby currently represents HD57, which is comprised of Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity Cos., four of which are in the redrawn HD9 he’s running to represent but none of which are within current HD9.
Ashby cannot be a candidate for the HD9 special election because he does not live in the district as it is configured today. Besides, the Constitution will not let him hold two offices at once. Rogers would not be eligible for the special election either because he also lives in the new HD9, not the current one.
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