Early vot­ing for state seat va­cated by Al­varado be­gins

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - By Jasper Scherer [email protected] STAFF WRITER

Early vot­ing be­gins Mon­day in the spe­cial elec­tion for Texas’ 145th House Dis­trict and will con­tinue through Jan. 25 at five Har­ris County polling sites, lead­ing up to Elec­tion Day on Jan. 29.

Eight can­di­dates are run­ning for the seat, and they have had lit­tle time to cam­paign: Early vot­ing comes roughly three weeks after Gov. Greg Ab­bott sched­uled the elec­tion, the same day the seat’s pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pant, state Sen. Carol Al­varado, was sworn into the up­per cham­ber.

Al­varado, D-Hous­ton, won a spe­cial elec­tion in De­cem­ber to rep­re­sent Texas’ 6th Se­nate Dis­trict.

The elec­tion for Al­varado’s for­mer seat marks the first ad­min­is­tered by Har­ris County Clerk Diane Traut­man, a Demo­crat who de­feated in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Stan Sta­nart in Novem­ber. Vot­ers may al­ready no­tice a change from Sta­nart’s ten­ure: Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. each day through Satur­day, far longer hours than Sta­nart typ­i­cally would set.

On Sun­day, polls will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Traut­man’s of­fice will not op­er­ate polling sites on Jan. 21, the hol­i­day com­mem­o­rat­ing Martin Luther King Jr. Polls are sched­uled to re­open Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The five early vot­ing lo­ca­tions, all in Hous­ton, are:

• The con­fer­ence cen­ter of the Har­ris County Law Li­brary, 1019 Con­gress Ave.

• Moody Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3725 Ful­ton St.

• Ri­p­ley House Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter, 4410 Nav­i­ga­tion Blvd.

• Hous­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s South­east Col­lege park­ing garage, 6960 Rus­tic St.

• Har­ris County Scars­dale an­nex, 10851 Scars­dale Blvd.

The field con­sists of Repub­li­can Martha Fierro, the third-place fin­isher in last month’s race for the over­lap­ping Se­nate Dis­trict 6, along with six Democrats: Elias De La Garza, Os­car Del Toro, Ruben Gon­salez, Christina Mo­rales, Al­fred Moreno and Melissa Nor­iega. Lib­er­tar­ian Clay­ton Hunt is also run­ning.

Only res­i­dents of House Dis­trict 145 may cast bal­lots in the spe­cial elec­tion. The dis­trict cov­ers part of the Heights and down­town, run­ning south­east through South Hous­ton to Belt­way 8.

As vot­ers head to the polls, Texas law­mak­ers are in Austin for the Leg­is­la­ture’s 86th reg­u­lar ses­sion, which con­vened Tues­day. Al­varado’s for­mer seat could re­main va­cant well into Fe­bru­ary if no­body re­ceives more than 50 per­cent of the vote, in which case Ab­bott would sched­ule a runoff be­tween the two can­di­dates who re­ceive the most votes.

Mean­while, two other seats pre­vi­ously held by Demo­cratic law­mak­ers re­main open in the lower cham­ber. Early vot­ing also be­gins Mon­day in the elec­tion for the 79th House Dis­trict in El Paso, left open when for­mer Rep. Joe Pick­ett re­signed to deal with health prob­lems.

Mon­day is the fil­ing dead­line for the spe­cial elec­tion in San An­to­nio’s House Dis­trict 125, pre­vi­ously held by San An­to­nio Demo­crat Justin Ro­driguez. He re­signed after he was ap­pointed as a Bexar County com­mis­sioner.

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