Run-Off Race to Decide Future Of Senate District 6

Tomorrow will decide the future of Senate District 6 as voters head to the polls for the third time to pick who should lead the district.


Former State Sen. Mario Gallegos won reelection to Senate District 6 posthumously, after passing away from liver disease
just a few weeks before the November election.

State Representative Carol Alvarado and former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia are locked in a battle to win the

The two ended up in a run-off race after neither won a majority in January’s special election.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says this race is gaining momentum.

“Believe it or not, a run-off is usually less, it looks like it’s going to be the same and maybe even slightly more. We actually did in the early voting and the ballot by mail, we’ve exceeded what we actually did in the January election. So we’re expecting 7,000-8,000 to show up on Saturday and let their voice be heard.”

Stanart says the county has already received 8,780 early and mail ballots for the run-off, more than the amount turned in for the special election in January.

Senate District 6 covers a large swath of north and east Houston and parts of Pasadena and Baytown.  

The county will open about 135 polling locations for the run-off.

“It’s a large district. It’s a large number of people who are affected in this county, so they need to check to know if they can go vote.”

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


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 District 6 is the gray area


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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