Redistricting Session, Special Election Early Voting Begin

The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convened today (Monday). The Senate Special Redistricting Committee will consider Senate Bill 4 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), which would draw new Senate districts, and Senate Bill 7 by Huffman, which would...

Runoff and Candidate News for September 14

HD10 special: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered a September 28 runoff election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie). Early voting begins Monday. Former U.S. Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) faces former Rep....

5 File to Succeed Pacheco

Five candidates filed for the September 28 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio): San Antonio legislative aide Katie Farias (D) Former Rep. John Lujan (R-San Antonio) San Antonio attorney Desi Martinez (D) San Antonio...

Abbott Signs Election Bill Already Facing 5 Lawsuits

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the session’s main election bill into law today (Tuesday) in Tyler, and it already faces at least five lawsuits. Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) does not take effect until December 2, which means the changes in law it makes...

Harrison, Wray Advance to HD10 Runoff

Former U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services official Brian Harrison (R) and former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) advanced to a runoff in tonight’s (Tuesday) special election for HD10. Buoyed by a strong Election Day performance, Harrison finished first with 41% of...

Early Voting to Begin in HD10 Special Election

An abbreviated early voting period begins tomorrow (Monday) for the HD10 special election and ends on Friday. August 31 is Election Day. The frontrunners appear to be former Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) and former U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. official Brian...

House Achieves Quorum After Threshold Drops to 99

Rep. Leo Pacheco’s (D-San Antonio) resignation is effective today (Thursday), triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term. With HD10 also vacant, the House now has 148 members, which temporarily lowers the threshold for establishing a quorum to 99. While...

8 File to Succeed Ellzey

Eight candidates filed for the August 31 special election to fill the unexpired state House term of U.S. Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahacie): Kevin Griffin (R), Midlothian rancher Brian Harrison (R), Midlothian former U.S. Health & Human Services official and former...

Four So Far for HD10 and Other News for August 9

HD10 special: Midlothian rancher Kevin Griffin, Midlothian real estate agent and council member Leland Wickliffe and former Rep. John Wray (R-Midlothian) have filed for the August 31 special election as Republicans. Texas Right to Life PAC endorsed former U.S. Health...

Pacheco Resigning and Other Election News for August 7

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...

By the Numbers: Special Election Turnout

23rd Likely rank of yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) special runoff election in terms of turnout, compared to all legislative and congressional special and runoff elections since 2013 that did not coincide with an even-year November general election. Unofficial...

Ellzey Wins Runoff Over Trump-backed Wright

State Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) stunned the President Trump-endorsed Susan Wright, 53%-47%, to win the unexpired term of Wright’s late husband, former U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington). Wright finished first in the May 1 special election thanks to Trump’s late...