5 File for HD125 and Other News for January 14

Five filed for the HD125 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio), who resigned to accept an appointment to the Bexar Co. Commissioners Court: Steve Huerta (D), a San Antonio social justice advocate Ray Lopez (D), a...

HD79, HD145 Special Election Fields Set

HD79 special: Three candidates filed to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), whose resignation becomes effective tomorrow (Friday): Art Fierro (D), El Paso marketing and public relations professional and El Paso Community Coll. Board chair Michiel...

Report: Rodriguez Likely To Succeed Elizondo

The San Antonio Express-News’s Josh Baugh and Dylan McGuinness reported that Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) is the likely successor to the late Bexar Co. Comm. Paul Elizondo (D), who passed away last week. Prior to his 2012 election to the House, Rodriguez...

Abbott Orders Special Elections for HD79, HD145

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered January 29 special elections to fill vacant HD79 and HD145, triggered by the resignation of Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) and the promotion of Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston). Candidates must file with the Secretary of State by January 3....

Pickett Resigning, Citing Health Concerns

Citing health concerns, Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) announced he would resign effective January 4 and not serve the 13th term to which he was recently elected. “Just before last session, I learned I had cancer,” Pickett said in a statement. “I moved quickly and...

Straight-ticket Voting in South and Far West Texas

We have explored the shifts in straight-ticket voting in several of the state’s largest counties and found significant Democratic gains, particularly in Republican-held state House seats, with some exceptions, notably in districts held by African-American Democrats....