State Reps. Hernandez, Alvarado square off in Texas Senate District 6 special election
When Sylvia Garcia resigned from her State Senate District 6 seat, Gov. Greg Abbott called an expedited election will take place to fill her spot before the start of the legislative session.
Early voting began Monday, Nov. 26, for the special election to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
For some of the candidates looking to fill her seat, the race began months prior to Garcia’s resignation on Nov. 9 from the Texas Senate. Garcia resigned shortly after becoming a U.S. representative in the November election.
Texas State Senate District 6 is contained within Harris County. It is primarily in east Harris County but meanders into central Houston and includes portions of the Heights.
The Texas Legislature begins its 86th regular session on Jan. 8, 2019.
Three Democrats and a Republican are running to fill the empty seat. Democratic State Reps. Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez have been campaigning for months. Mia Mundy, a consultant at a Houston-based consulting firm, is also running as a Democrat. Martha Fierro, who serves as precinct chair for the Harris County Republican Party, is running as a Republican.
In her announcement in running for the District 6 seat, Alvarado said: “As chair of a major House committee and successful leader in other legislative positions, I have built relationships that will help me advocate an agenda that benefits all the members of our dynamic community, including protection for our DREAMERS, proper funding for public education, women’s reproductive health, healthcare that is accessible, affordable and attainable higher education, good-paying jobs for our community in our emerging high-tech economy, and full recovery from Hurricane Harvey.”
In her announcement to social media, Hernandez said: “I look forward to taking my message of a new generation of leadership in the continued fight for quality schools, affordable healthcare, and economic opportunities to the voters of Senate District 6.”
Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26-30; from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1; from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2; and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3-7 at:
County Attorney Conference Center, 1019 Congress Ave., Houston;
Harris County Scarsdale Annex, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd., Houston;
Hardy Senior Center, 11901 West Hardy Road, Houston;
Galena Park Library, 1500 Keene St., Galena Park;
Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd., Houston;
Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St., Baytown;
John Phelps Courthouse, 101 South Richey St., Pasadena;
HCCS Southeast College parking garage, 6960 Rustic St., Houston;
Moody Park Community Center, 3725 Fulton St., Houston.
Garcia, a former Harris County Commissioner, filled the District 6 in a special election in 2013. She defeated Alvarado in the bid to fill the position after longtime Sen. Mario Gallegos died while in office.
Houston Chronicle reporter R.A. Schuetz contributed to this report.