An expedited special election is set for September 28 to fill the Texas House District 118 seat vacated by State Rep. Leo Pacheco (D–San Antonio).

Pacheco resigned his state House seat last month to accept a teaching position at San Antonio College.

Gov. Greg Abbott set an “expedited” election schedule because the vacancy occurred within 60 days prior to a legislative session—in this case, the third special session of the 87th Legislature, which Abbott called to convene on September 20.

The candidate filing deadline is Monday, September 13.

The special election is a jungle primary in which candidates from all parties compete. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two candidates—regardless of party affiliation—will advance to a runoff.

The winner of the special election will serve out Pacheco’s unexpired term, which runs through January 2023.

Early voting starts on Monday, September 20.

The district includes south and far east Bexar County, including portions of San Antonio.

Voting information can be found on the Bexar County Elections website.

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.


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