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Feb. 17 Special Runoff Election Set For House, Senate Seats

AUSTIN — Special runoff elections on Feb. 17 will choose a new member of the Texas Senate and new representatives for two House districts.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday set the election date for the last three open seats in the Texas Legislature. The biggest prize is the San Antonio Senate seat that Democrat Leticia Van de Putte has held since 1999.

Van de Putte, who made an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in November, is stepping down to run for San Antonio mayor. Longtime Democratic state Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez advanced to a runoff from a five-candidate race earlier this month.

A San Antonio House seat is up for grabs between Democrat Diego Bernal and Republican Nunzio Previtera. Another House seat has come down to Republicans John Cyrier and Brent Golemon.