Perry Sets March 2 Runoff for Senate District 6

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday set a March 2 special runoff election to fill the open seat created by the death of the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos. The race, between state Rep. Carol Alvarado and former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, will occur just six days before the deadline for lawmakers to file bills in the 83rd legislative session.

Because Harris County has 10 days to canvass those results and the governor’s office has an additional four days after that, the spring election likely means Senate District 6 will not have representation until mid-March. The winner cannot take ...

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