Alvarado, Garcia Face Off in Bid to Replace Gallegos

The recent death of a veteran state legislator from Houston has set the stage for an unexpected election that includes two members of a burgeoning demographic in Texas, the progressive Latina female.

State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat and former Harris County commissioner, are vying to replace state Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston.  Gallegos, the first Hispanic senator to represent Harris County, died Oct. 16 of complications associated with a 2007 liver transplant.  Also in the race is R.W. Bray, a Republican who was defeated by Gallegos during the general election.

Gov. Rick Perry scheduled the ...

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