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Special Election For Houston City Council District K Coming May 5

Voters in the Southwest Houston district will choose a successor to Council Member Larry Green, who died in March.

The special election will fill the seat of the late Council Member Larry Green, who died March 6.

Voters in Houston's District K will soon choose a successor to the late Larry Green on Houston's City Council. Early voting for the special election ends Tuesday, and Election Day is Saturday, May 5.

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Nine people are running to represent District K, which stretches across southwest Houston into Fort Bend County. The candidates include Martha Castex-Tatum, who served as Green's director of constituent services, and teacher Pat Frazier, who previously ran for the seat in 2011. Rice University political science professor Bob Stein said Castex-Tatum has the edge.

"I wouldn't rule her out winning this outright," Stein said. "I think it would be unlikely but not a shock. With nine people on the ballot, you say, ‘Well, it's certainly a runoff,' but not necessarily. She is well known, in part, I think, because of her work she did with Councilman Green, and she was as much a part of that operation as, I think, he was."

If no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will take place June 16.

Larry Green was the first council member elected from District K after its creation seven years ago. He died March 6.

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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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