HD125 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a March 12 special runoff election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio), who resigned to take an appointment to the Bexar Co. Commissioners Court. Republican Fred Rangel (38%) faces former San Antonio council member Ray Lopez (19%). An abbreviated early voting period begins March 4. Turnout for the February 12 special election was 6.1%.

HD145 special: Early voting begins tomorrow (Monday) for the March 5 special runoff election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston). Houston funeral home executive Christina Morales (36%) faces former Houston council member Melissa Noriega (31%). Turnout for the January 29 special election was 4.8%.

HD28: Katy educator Eliz Markowitz announced a March 22 kickoff date for her challenge of Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) as a Democrat. Markowitz ran unsuccessfully for the Board of Education in 2018, losing 60%-40% to Matt Robinson (R).

Secretary of State: The Texas Tribune’s Alex Ura and Emma Platoff reported that all 12 Democratic senators oppose the nomination of Secretary of State David Whitley. His confirmation requires a two-thirds vote. Whitley’s nomination remains pending in committee.

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