District 27 U.S. Rep. special election set for Saturday


LPR Staff Report

The special election to find a temporary fill-in for the U.S. Representative for District 27, which was left empty when former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly stepped down, is Saturday.
Voters in the portion of Caldwell County that is in District 27 will go to the polls at one of several locations.
Precincts 102, 104, 110, & 111: VFW Post 8927, 7007 S U.S. Highway 183, Lockhart
201, 202, 203, 206, & 305: Luling City Hall; 509 E. Crockett, Luling
306, 404, 405: Lytton Springs Chisholm Trail Fire & Rescue, 9835 FM 1854, Dale
204 & 205: McMahan Women’s Club, 6022 FM 713, McMahan
The special election only fills the term through January, when the winner of the November general election is inaugurated. Republican Michael Cloud and Democrat Eric Holguin will face off in November, and both have filed for the special election as well.
The other seven candidates participating in the special election include Republicans Bech Bruun and Marty Perez, Democrats Raul “Roy” Barrera and Mike Westergren, Libertarian Daniel Tinus, and independents Judith Cutright and Christopher Suprun.
The candidates will all appear on one ballot.
According to USA Today, Farenthold has said that is now working as a lobbyist for his former colleagues in Congress on behalf of the Calhoun Port Authority in Port Lavaca.The Victoria Advocate filed a lawsuit in May aiming to void his hiring, alleging that the authority broke the law when it hired Farenthold because it didn’t properly notify the public of his hiring, the USA Today reported.
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the special election shortly after Farenthold stepped down. The election will cost Caldwell County approximately $20,000, County Judge Ken Schawe said.


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