Special Elections to be Held in Texas House Districts | national news
Special elections will be held on September 28 for Districts 10 and 118 of the Texas House of Representatives. The winner of these special elections will hold office until January 2023.
In District 10, Republicans Brian Harrison and John Wray are running in the second round of the general election. Harrison and Wray qualified for the August 31 general election, winning 40.5% and 35.8% of the vote, respectively. The seat became vacant after Jake Ellzey (R) won a special election in Texas’ 6th Congressional District on July 27. Ellzey represented the district since January 2021.
In District 118, Katie Farias (D), Desi Martinez (D), Frank Ramirez (D), John Lujan (R) and Adam Salyer (R) are running for the general election. A second round will be organized if no candidate obtains more than 50% of the votes. The seat became vacant on August 19 following the resignation of Leo Pacheco (D) to teach public administration at San Antonio College. Pacheco represented the district since 2019.
As the special election draws near, Republicans have an 82-66 majority in Texas House with two vacant seats. Texas has a trio of Republican state governments. A trifecta exists when a political party simultaneously holds the post of governor and the majority in both legislative chambers of the state.
In September, 60 special legislative elections were scheduled for 2021 in 20 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections were held each year. Texas held 28 state special legislative elections from 2011 to 2020.