Waco, Midway ISD and Waco ISD have told the McLennan Co. elections office they plan to go forward with holding their general elections on May 2. Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe advised the jurisdictions to delay the election to November and that her office may not conduct the elections if held in May despite being contractually obligated to do so, reported the Waco Herald-Tribune’s Tommy Witherspoon.

Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver acknowledged Van Wolfe’s concerns were valid, but “we just feel like we can provide ways to mitigate those concerns and get the elections held and carried out in a safe and fair manner.” Van Wolfe said many of her usual election workers, most over the age of 70, said they would not participate in May.

Allen, Argyle, Denton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Pearland and San Benito all postponed their general elections to November 3.

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) suspended portions of the Election Code to permit local governments to postpone their general elections to November 3 from May 2 and to require county officials to enter into contracts to administer those elections if requested. He encouraged municipalities and other local governments holding elections on May 2 to postpone them.

SD14 special: As an update to yesterday’s (Tuesday) report about Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (D), her appointed successor, former County Judge Sam Biscoe (D), will take the oath of office on May 13. Eckhardt automatically resigned when she announced her candidacy for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) but continues to serve until her successor is sworn into office.

CD10: Planned Parenthood Action endorsed Pritesh Gandhi in the Democratic runoff over Mike Siegel.

Odessa: Council member Malcolm Hamilton abruptly resigned at the end of yesterday’s (Tuesday) council meeting. The council will appoint a successor.

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