Second time’s a charm for Gamez as Brownsville attorney wins state District 38 race
Texas’ District 38 state seat will be represented by Brownsville attorney Erin Elizabeth Gamez. Because there is no Republican running for this position, Gamez will run unopposed to take hold of the District 38 House seat. Eddie Lucio III served eight terms in the office as the District 38 state representative but announced last year that he would not run for reelection. He also worked as an assistant district attorney for the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. The majority if not all of House District 38 covers the City of Brownsville.myrgv.com
Abbott sets special election to fill House seat left vacant by Eddie Lucio III
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered a special election be held to fill the Texas House of Representative seat left vacant Eddie Lucio III. Abbott issued a proclamation Thursday which calls for the special election to be held on Saturday, May 7, for House District 28. Lucio announced in October that he would not seek re-election. According to the Texas Tribune, Lucio sent a letter to Abbott in January stating he would step down on Jan. 31. The governor’s office said candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5 p.m. on March 7.myrgv.com
Puente drops out of race to run for state rep; Burke, Leonard announce candidacies
Earlier this week, City Commissioner Frank Puente announced he won’t seek a second term in the May 7 election, deciding to run for the state House of Representatives’ District 37 seat being vacated by Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, who won’t run for re-election.myrgv.com
Tu Salud: The Joy of Walking to School
It was one of the first cooler days of fall and the sky was that brilliant South Texas blue. We stood on a street corner several blocks from Russell Elementary School in West Brownsville — a group of Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) administrators and teachers.myrgv.com
South Texas was already a political battleground. New maps could alter game plans.
With proposed maps out, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, says he might switch to a neighboring district where U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, is retiring. The initial maps are also sure to impact decisions in regional legislative races.
Another special session to pass a GOP voting bill started without a quorum. This time it’s unclear if Democrats will stay away.
Both chambers convened at noon Saturday for a second overtime round ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott. The first 30-day stretch ended in an impasse after House Democrats left the state to block a controversial GOP elections bill.
How to connect with your Texas lawmakers during the pandemic
Pre-pandemic, the Texas state Capitol during legislative sessions has been a flurry of crowded hearings, hand shaking, protests, lobbying and people vying for the attention of their state lawmakers. Here are some ways Texans can connect with their lawmakers safely this legislative session. Virtual meetingsIndividual lawmakers will decide whether their offices are open to members of the public. Raymond said especially during the session, it is important for lawmakers to be accessible to the public, but in-person meetings are too high a risk. Capriglione said he will also be available to people virtually and people should feel comfortable contacting lawmakers remotely.