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Texas House of Reps Election and Resignation Create Unusual Election Situation for San Antonio Voters
Monday, February 1, 2016 7:00 AM

Republican John Lujan defeated Democrat Tomas Uresti in a runoff election to replace the retired Joe Farias in House District 118. This election determined who will fulfill the remainder of Farias’ term, which runs through the end of 2016.

The voters will also be going to the polls soon to select the candidates for the general election in the fall. Both Lujan and Uresti are running in their respective party’s primary, which will be held on March 1. This means the voters will see both candidates' names on ballots again for the same office, different term, and the two could be facing each other again in the general election in November. 

Now, long-time Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon from District 120 has resigned her seat effective Jan. 31, 2016. McClendon served in the House since 1996 and had previously announced she would not be running for re-election in 2016.  

If the governor calls a special election to fill the remainder of her seat, which expires at the end of 2016, it would be held after the primary that determines the Democratic nominee for that seat in the general election. The governor has 20 days after the resignation date to set a special election. 

San Antonio had to hold special elections last year to replace a retiring senator and to replace the representative who won that election. 

Contact Texas Credit Union Association Legislative and Regulatory Director Charlotte Spencer at 512-853-8511 or cspencer@txcua.coop for more information.