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Senate District 19

One major goal of Texas Republican leaders is to keep their supermajority of votes in the state Senate — and with Pete Flores' victory in Senate District 19, they are one step closer to that objective.

Ryan Poppe

Texas Republican leaders are determined to win longtime Democrat-controlled state Senate District 19, and political analysts think a Republican win could resonate across the state's political landscape.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The midterm election is two months away but southwest Texas is gearing up for a special election first. Republican Pete Flores and Democrat Pete Gallego are contending for State Senate District 19, a seat former State Sen. Carlos Uresti vacated after he received a 12-year prison sentence in June 2018.  

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Early voting for the special election runoff to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti in Texas Senate District 19 begins Monday and runs through Friday.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Early voting in the special runoff election for State Senate District 19 begins Monday. A public forum was held Thursday at Compass Rose Academy for the two candidates. Democrat Pete Gallego was present, while Republican Pete Flores was unable to attend.

The forum held by the Texas Charter Schools Association attracted about 30 people, including constituents, parents, and students. The topic: public education.

Like traditional schools, charters schools also receive public money based on attendance. But charter schools don’t receive local property tax money.