Elections

Local Voters Set to Pick New State Senator

Steve Toth and Brandon Creighton are in the special election runoff.

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State Senate District 4 candidates, Steve Toth and Brandon Creighton

Tomorrow is runoff election day for State Senate District 4, a race that will fill the seat vacated for Tommy Williams of The Woodlands last year. Turnout is expected to be sparse in a contest that includes parts of five local counties.

Montgomery County makes up a large portion of State Senate District 4, as well as smaller portions of Harris and Galveston counties. All of Chambers and Jefferson counties are included in the district.

Conservative State Representatives Steve Toth and Brandon Creighton are in the run-off to replace Williams,
who stepped down to take another job last year.

Early voting ended on Friday, and a little less than 9,000 people cast ballots in Montgomery County.

“This is not a primary election unlike the previous elections that we had this year,” said Montgomery County elections administrator Suzie Harvey. “This is a special election to fill that vacancy and that office, so the winner of the election tomorrow will be the new state senator.”
 
A little more than 88,000 Harris County voters are eligible to cast ballots in the runoff and about 3,000 voted early. Harris County makes up about 18 percent of State Senate District 4.

Brandon Rottinghaus is an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston and says local voters just don’t seem to be aware of this race.  

“I think voters are confused about where we are in the electoral cycle,” Rottinghaus said. “They’ve been hearing a lot about what’s going to happen in November with the Governor’s race and with the Lieutenant Governor’s race and with several other statewide races. I think voters are both confused an fatigued.”

Brandon Creighton captured 45 percent of the vote in May’s special election. Steve Toth got about 24 percent of the vote.

 

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