It’s runoff time for SD06. Early voting begins today and runs through Tuesday, February 26. Here are the early voting locations, which are the same as they were for the first round:
|1||Harris County Administration Building||1001 Preston, 1st Floor Houston TX 77002|
|2||Holy Name Catholic Church||1912 Marion Street Houston TX 77009|
|3||Ripley House||4410 Navigation Boulevard Houston TX 77011|
|4||H.C.C.S Southeast College, Learning Hub||6815 Rustic, Bldg D Houston TX 77087|
|5||Galena Park Library||1500 Keene Street Galena Park TX 77547|
|6||Hardy Senior Center||11901 West Hardy Road Houston TX 77076|
|7||Baytown Community Center||2407 Market Street Baytown TX 77520|
See Harris Votes for more. With only seven days of early voting, and only three of those days being full 7 AM to 7 PM days, GOTV efforts for both Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Carol Alvarado will be even more important.
One thing Alvarado will have going for her as voting begins is the Chron’s endorsement.
Runoff candidates Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado are both dedicated public servants with a long history of representing the area.
In terms of political positions, there’s not much difference between them. Both are Democrats who vow to strengthen state education spending and expand Medicaid. They differ chiefly in the way in which they’d go about achieving their goals. Garcia vows to go toe-to-toe against Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans. Alvarado says that she’d continue to do what she’s done as a member of the Republican-controlled Texas House: work with members across the aisle to get legislation passed.
We believe that Alvarado’s approach will serve her district best. In part, that’s pure pragmatism. Given Republicans’ utter dominance of our state’s government, a Democrat who hopes to accomplish anything at all has to play nicely with the GOP. But it’s also the solution to a larger problem. Both Texas and the United States need more politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, who can find middle ground and nudge the body politic forward. Alvarado is that kind of legislator.
Residents of the district are familiar with Alvarado and her staff, who are frequent presences at civic club meetings and neighborhood events. That sort of ground-level constituent service might not be notable elsewhere, but it is in places like the east side of Houston, Galena Park and South Houston. Many of the area’s neighborhoods receive too little attention from the elected officials who are supposed to serve them.
Members of the Legislature also are familiar with Alvarado. That’s especially important in this runoff because its winner will have to hit the ground running. She’ll be sworn into the state Senate with only a few days left in which bills can be filed. As a third-term member of the House, Alvarado knows the legislature’s ins and outs and has already established many of the relationships she’ll need to serve her district.
Congrats to Rep. Alvarado for getting the endorsement.
I’ll keep an eye on daily early voter turnout. I think there’s a better chance this time around that early turnout will be less than half of final turnout – it was about 60% of final turnout for Round One – and I think there’s a decent chance that total turnout will match or exceed turnout from the first election. I’m just guessing, however – it could easily be the case that turnout declines. Before anyone clucks their tongues about the nature of certain districts, note Greg‘s words about how turnout in SD06 compares to the special election in SD22 from 2010. It is what it is. Just go vote if you live in SD06 and let everything else take care of itself.