U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela’s (D-Brownsville) resignation will take effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight (Thursday). A special election will be required to fill his unexpired term. The election could be held as early as May 7, but Gov. Greg Abbott (R) would need to order it by tomorrow (Friday), but a key deadline to send military/overseas ballots has already passed. The next uniform election day is November 8.

Because the election would be run under the current boundaries, and since the member of Congress running for the seat is already in office in another district, any Democrat who won this election would serve only until January. Former Cameron Co. Comm. Dan Sanchez (D) is considering the race, according to Vela.

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