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Early Voting Now in Texas for Special Election
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:50 AM

Early voting has begun for the special election that will be held on Feb. 17 to fill the remaining four open seats in the 84th Texas Legislature. Early voting spans from Feb. 9 through Feb. 13.

Texas Senate District 26
The race in Senate District 26 in San Antonio is to replace Sen. Letitia Van de Putte (D), who has announced her intent to resign the Senate seat once once a replacement is elected. Van de Putte is now running for mayor of San Antonio. Candidates in the runoff for Van de Putte's seat include two current members of the Texas House of Representatives, Trey Martinez Fischer (D) and Jose Menendez (D).

Texas House District 13
Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in District 13 (Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, and Washington counties), the top two contestants, Carolyn Cerny Bilski (R) from Sealy and Leighton Schubert (R) from Caldwell, will face off on Feb. 17. This seat is vacant following Lois Kolkhorst's (R) election to the Texas Senate to replace Glenn Hegar, who was elected Comptroller.

Texas House District 17
Vying for the State Representative District 17 seat and representing Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lee counties are Republicans John Cyrier and Brent Golemon. This seat came open when current Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt accepted a position as general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture and resigned his post in accordance with Texas law.

Texas House District 123
Candidates for San Antonio District 123 include Diego Bernal (D) and Nunzio Previtera (R), both from San Antonio. This seat is open because its current lawmaker, Rep. Mike Villarreal (D), who won the seat in the 2014 midterms, decided to run for mayor of San Antonio and now opposes Van de Putte.

Don't know where to vote? Consult your County Elections Office. Find out more at Vote Texas.