Special Senate Election for District 19, Tuesday July 31

FAR WEST TEXAS – The special election for State Senate in District 19 was triggered by the resignation of Carlos Uresti after he was sentenced to 12 years in prison and found guilty of 11 felonies, including money laundering and fraud. In late June, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the election, giving candidates a month to file and garner support in the eight-person race, which indications show will end in a run-off.

The crowded field includes four Democratic candidates; Pete Gallego of Alpine, Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio, Tomas Uresti- Carlos’s older brother- of San Antonio, and Charlie Urbina Jones of Poteet.

Republican candidates include Peter Flores of Pleasanton, Jesse Alaniz of San Antonio and Carlos Antonio Raymond of San Antonio.

The Libertarian candidate is Tony Valdivia.

Senate District 19 has voted reliably Democratic and stretches from San Antonio to the Texas-Mexico border and consists of 17 counties, including Brewster.

Gallego, a one-term congressmen, and Gutierrez, a state representative are considered to be the front-runners in this race. This past week, Gutierrez has been on the offensive by sending out two ads, one claimed that Gallego does not live in the district and the other highlighted Gallego’s A- rating by the NRA.

On election day, Tues. July 31, polls will be open from 7am-7pm, and voters must cast their ballots in which they are registered. Precincts 1, 2, 4 and 8 will vote at the Clark Beard Complex. Precinct 3 voters cast ballots at the Marathon Community Center, and Precinct 5, 6, and 7 will vote at the J.W. “Red” Patillo Community Center. At the

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