Early Voting for House District 79 Special Election Underway


In the three-candidate District 79 race to succeed Joe Pickett, who stepped down earlier this month due to health issues, less than 1,200 people voted on the first week of early voting. District 79 has approximately 90,000 registered voters.
Early voting continues through Friday, January 25. Election Day is Tuesday, January 29.
Polling locations and timings for Early Voting can be found hereElection Day polling locations and timings can be found here.
The three candidates in the race include Republican Hans Sassenfeld, and two Democrats, Art Fierro and Dr. Michiel Noe.

(From left to right: Art Fierro, Michiel “Mike” Noe, Hans Sassenfeld)
Here are links to the candidates’ campaign websites:

Reform Austin will continue to follow the special elections and report the results. If no candidate earns 50 percent or more on Election Day in any of the three districts, a runoff will be held several weeks later.

Early Voting for House District 145 Special Election Underway


In the eight-candidate District 145 race to succeed Carol Alvarado, who was elected in December to the Texas Senate, less than 700 people voted in person on the first week of early voting. District 145 has approximately 73,000 registered voters.

Early voting continues through Friday, January 25. Election Day is Tuesday, January 29.

The Harris County Clerk’s Office hosts an interactive map for the polling locations and timings for Early Voting here.

Candidates in the race include one Republican – Martha Fierro, six Democrats –  Melissa Noriega, Christina Morales, Oscar Del Toro, Elias De La Garza, Ruben Gonsalez, Alfred Moreno, and one Libertarian – Clayton Hunt.


(From left to right, top to bottom: Elias De La Garza, Oscar Del Toro, Christina Morales, Melissa Noriega, Alfred Moreno, Ruben Gonsalez, Martha Fierro, Clayton Hunt)

Here are links to the candidates’ campaign websites:

  • Martha Fierro, the lone Republican candidate in the recent Senate District 6 special election.
  • Melissa Noriega, former Houston City Council Member and former House District 145 representative.
  • Christina Morales, small business owner.
  • Oscar Del Toro, a former candidate for Pasadena City Council.
  • Elias De La Garza, a former Democratic primary candidate in 2008 for this seat.
  • Ruben Gonsalez
  • Alfred Moreno
  • Clayton Hunt, a Libertarian candidate in the 2018 November General Election for this seat.

Reform Austin will continue to follow the special elections and report the results. If no candidate earns 50 percent or more on Election Day in any of the three districts, a runoff will be held several weeks later.

Early Vote Turnout in First Week of Special Elections Is Sparse

The first week of early voting in two special elections for the Texas House of Representatives has concluded. And while the two seats — District 79 in El Paso County and District 145 in Harris County — are at opposite ends of the state, they shared something in common, few voters. Less than 1,200 people voted in either election on the first week to cast ballots in person.

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