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Alvarado wins SD06 special election

No runoff! Hurray!

Rep. Carol Alvarado

State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, won the Senate District 6 special election Tuesday, finishing far ahead of a four-candidate field and grabbing a narrow majority of the votes needed to avoid a runoff.

She received 50.4 percent of the vote in unofficial returns.

It was unclear until the final precincts reported whether Alvarado, who hovered around 50 percent the entire night, would reach enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Trailing far behind was state Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, and Republican Martha Fierro, a precinct chair for the Harris County GOP. They each received less than half Alvarado’s share of the vote in the low-turnout election.

Alvarado will face re-election in November 2020 and hold the seat through January 2021, finishing out the term of U.S. Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston. She resigned Nov. 9, three days after winning the race for Texas’ 29th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, did not seek re-election.

The tally is here. Alvarado had a majority of the mail ballots, and it was enough to keep her over fifty percent even as the in person votes were slightly under. Had she dipped below 50%, she would have been in a runoff with Rep. Ana Hernandez, but she avoided it. Now we just need to have the special election to fill her to-be-vacated seat in HD145. Congratulations and best of luck to Sen.-elect Carol Alvarado.

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18 Comments

  1. Manny Barrera says:

    Give Marcos credit, they ran a good ground game. That used to be the way to win, knocking at doors and talking to people. Ben Reyes was very good at that, people should study how he used to get Latinos out to vote in higher percentages.

  2. Manny Barrera says:

    Marc credit,

    wonder if he do the same for King?

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    When officeholders quit in the middle of their terms to job hop to a better office, maybe we should require that they pay for the cost of the special election required to fill their old seat. Is this something that might garner bipartisan support? Is there something inherently bad about expecting people who asked for us to vote for them and got the job to actually fulfill the whole term of the job?

  4. Manny Barrera says:

    Blame, Abbott he could have set the election to where this would have occurred during the regular election.

  5. Ross says:

    The blame is on Garcia. She could have resigned early enough to have the election in November, but chose to resign after the election. Abbott couldn’t call for the special election until Garcia submitted her official resignation, not some stupid notice of intent to resign. Garcia wanted it both ways, and the public suffers as a result.

  6. Jules says:

    Blame Abbott or Garcia, either way there will be another special election for Alvarado’s seat.

    I think Abbott did a good job of quickly scheduling the state senate seat election.

  7. Manny Barrera says:

    That is not true Ross, she sent a letter of her intent which Abbott refused to recognize as sufficient.

    He did Jules, when he chose to do it as quick as possible to make sure it would not be during the regular election. The Republicans were hoping that they could sneak a Republican in there.

    Abbott is worse than Dan Patrick, but he smiles better but does not stand for anything, no pun intended.

  8. Who cares?

    It’s doubtful she’ll accomplish anything in a republic controlled legislature.

    Even when she was on a majority democratic and majority female city council she and the other [female] city council members accomplished hardly anything at all.

    On the contrary… they were too lazy to put raise-the-wage solutions on a website and too lazy to explain to ignorant voters the consequences of being the only US city with a $12.27 revenue cap.

    But this shouldn’t be surprising seeing as how 2 female ceo’s (reynolds, blanchard) and a congressional candidate (moser) had to ask me for idea i googled.

  9. Manny Barrera says:

    Joe, do you hate females? Or do just hate all politicians that are not named Joe McElligott?

  10. Manny Barrera says:

    Maybe hate is the wrong word, but I am not sure if you understand that one vote is one vote. If you have a body of 17 one would have to get at least 8 others to agree that what you are proposing is good.

    You do know that she supported and supports wage solutions, more pay? Right?

    Joe, people may go to blogs, but very seldom to they go to websites to get policy thoughts from a politician.

  11. Robbie Westmoreland says:

    He hates people who don’t put ideas on web sites. Do you put ideas on web sites, Manny? The only people worth anything are people who put ideas on web sites.
    Ideas.
    On web sites.

    Lee Mercer’s campaign for the 2008 presidential nomination was a brilliant coup in Joe’s book.

  12. Manny Barrera says:

    Robbie, actually I do. I do not always post things people agree with, in fact a lot of people would disagree with what I post. I am presently looking at campaign contribution, City, not who gives but how they spend their money, which may tell one more about the candidate or politician.

    I finally got the voter data and looking at that. Even my Access can only export so much to excel so it takes time. Thus far in my district J, it seems that Spanish surname individuals came out to vote in much greater numbers than before.

    Joe could get more people look at his site, if he created a blog or at least a place where people comment. Comments do not necessarily generate more people looking but the same people coming back to see comments or responses.

  13. Manny Barrera says:

    Mercer is that the guy that ran for president in 2016? Well that should give Joe and idea as to websites and their worth for candidates. Had to look him up.

  14. Isn’t the whole premise of electing women and people of color is because in some way they will enact change because white, cis gender males won’t do it?

    Houston doesn’t seem to be the case.

  15. Manny Barrera says:

    No Joe that is not the reason, if you think that is the reason than you are mistaken.

    Besides most candidates would not be the ones designing or putting data on the site.

  16. I built my own website and did all my research by myself.

    If houston needs me to babysit Amanda Edwads just let me know.

    It’s not like Sheila Jackson Lee did anything while she was on city council.

  17. Manny Barrera says:

    How would know what Lee did in City Council, you were still a baby, and any information you gathered would be second hand.

    Joe it would help if you voted in the primaries, but at least you voted this last general election.

    I could check to see if you voted in previous primaries besides this year, but I don’t feel like looking for old hard drives.

    All that information is public, Joe, if you are going to run your own campaigns at least learn who votes.

    I have data going back to the 90s since before you were born.

  18. All you have to do is google past news articles, videos, etc. Her time at city hall was unimpressive.

    I didn’t vote in this last election 😉