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Just a few weeks after Carlos Uresti finally announced his resignation from the Texas Senate, early voting for the July 31 special election to fill his seat began Monday.
Governor Greg Abbott called the election after Uresti was convicted of 11 charges related to his involvement in the Four Winds Ponzi scheme. As soon as Uresti was found guilty back in February, candidates began expressing interest in running.
Now it's up to voters to decide who will fill Uresti's seat in District 19. Here are the choices.
Arguably most notable (and definitely most controversial) is Uresti's brother Tomas
. Tomas serves as a representative in Texas House District 118,
but lost his chance at re-election in the March primaries.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego
was one of the first to announce interest in replacing filling Uresti's seat. A notable Texas Democrat, Gallego lost his U.S. District 23 seat to Will Hurt back in 2014 and lost again in 2016.
State Rep. Roland Gutierrez
announced his intent to run back in March. He currently serves as Representative for District 119, a seat he's held since the 2012 election.
Charles Urbina Jones
is a lawyer and Vietnam veteran. He had an unsuccessful run to represent U.S. House District 23 back in 1998.
ran against Uresti for the Senate 19 seat in 2016,
but lost in the general election. He is a former leader of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s statewide law enforcement division.
Jesse "Jay" Alaniz
is from the same stomping grounds as the Uresti brothers. He was a longtime Harlandale I.S.D. board member.
Carlos Antonio Raymond
was also unsuccessful in the March primaries. He was seeking the Republican nomination for House District 117.
Tony Valdivia is a senior reporting analyst at USAA Bank.
Early voting will run through Friday, July 27. Here you'll be able to find early voting locations and times
as well as a map of District 19
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