Governor Perry has set November 8 as the special election date to replace the late Joe Moreno in HD143.
The governor set an Oct. 24 deadline for candidates to file their applications with the secretary of state.
The race likely will be crowded. Lawyer Ana Hernandez, who worked for Moreno and for Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, and Laura Salinas, the niece of former Reps. Diana Davila Martinez and Roman Martinez, already have announced their candidacies.
Roy Zermeno, an SBC lobbyist, also is a potential candidate, as are Dorothy Olmos, Al Flores and Reggie Gonzales, all of whom previously ran against Moreno.
To be honest, I’d have preferred an earlier date, since it seems wrong to leave these folks without a representative for six months, even if the legislative session is about to end. On the plus side, at least the Houston city elections on that date will help with turnout, and it is cheaper this way.