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Greater Houston Voters Go To Polls, Again, This Saturday

Major contests this Uniform Election Day include a special election for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s former seat in the Texas Legislature and local government races in Sugar Land and Missouri City.


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Saturday, May 7 is Uniform Election Day across Texas. Greater Houston residents will have the opportunity to vote on hundreds of local contests.

The big race in Houston proper is the special election for Texas House District 139. Former Houston city councilman Jarvis Johnson is running for the seat against high school science teacher Rickey Tezino. The winner will fill out the term of Sylvester Turner, who vacated the state representative's post when he was elected Houston's mayor.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Johnson is also a candidate in the Democratic primary runoff for the seat on May 24. He'll face off then against former Turner aide Kimberly Willis. That contest will decide who represents the district in the next legislative session, as there is no Republican candidate.

Saturday's election will also give voters in Missouri City and Sugar Land the chance to pick new mayors and city council members. And Harris County residents will have the chance to weigh in on dozens of races for municipal utility districts and water control boards.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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