Hernandez, Alvarado bid to replace Garcia in Texas Senate District 6

November 13, 2018 GMT

With Sylvia Garcia resigning from her State Senate District 6 seat, an expedited election will take place to fill her spot before the start of the legislative session.

The Texas Legislature begins its 86th regular session on Jan. 8, 2019.

Garcia submitted her resignation on Friday, Nov. 9, after being elected to be the U.S. representative for District 29. The election fills the spot of retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green. Later the same day, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation ordering a special election in Texas State Senate District 6.

The expedited special election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, with early voting beginning on Monday, Nov. 26.


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. Friday, Nov. 16.

Texas State Senate District 6 is contained within Harris County. It is primarily in east Harris County but meanders into central Houston and includes portions of the Heights.

Two state representatives have already announced they will run to fill the spot vacated by Garcia’s resignation. District 143’s Ana Hernandez and District 145’s Carol Alvarado will vie for the open Senate seat.

In her announcement to social media, Hernandez said: “I look forward to taking my message of a new generation of leadership in the continued fight for quality schools, affordable healthcare, and economic opportunities to the voters of Senate District 6.”

In her announcement, Alvarado said: “As chair of a major House committee and successful leader in other legislative positions, I have built relationships that will help me advocate an agenda that benefits all the members of our dynamic community, including protection for our DREAMERS, proper funding for public education, women’s reproductive health, healthcare that is accessible, affordable and attainable higher education, good-paying jobs for our community in our emerging high-tech economy, and full recovery from Hurricane Harvey.”

Garcia, a former Harris County Commissioner, filled the District 6 in a special election in 2013. She defeated Alvarado in the bid to fill the position after longtime Sen. Mario Gallegos died while in office. Green was a senator for the district for six years from 1987-1993.