Gov. Greg Abbott today set an expedited special election to fill the Texas House District 10 seat vacated by Jake Ellzey for Tuesday, August 31.

Ellzey, a Republican from Waxahachie, won a July 27 special election runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District to fill the unexpired term of the late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright.

The winner of the HD 10 special election will serve out Ellzey’s unexpired term.

The candidate filing deadline is Thursday, August 12.

Former State Rep. John Wray (R–Waxahachie), who held the seat prior to Ellzey, has announced he’s a candidate. After three terms in office, Wray chose not to seek re-election in 2020, saying “elected jobs are not meant to be lifetime positions.”

Another Republican from Waxahachie, Ryan Pitts, said following Ellzey’s congressional win it was his “dream” to represent House District 10, as his father (10-term former State Rep. Jim Pitts) had prior to Wray. But Pitts announced earlier this week he had decided not to run at this time.

The district includes all of Ellis County and the northwest portion of Henderson County.

Early voting starts on Monday, August 23.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.