More elections: dates set for Kleinschmidt, Van de Putte seats

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) – If you thought the elections were over, think again. Voters in several communities still have to decide who will represent them in the 84th Texas legislative session.

Gov. Rick Perry set a special election date of Jan. 6 for House District 17. That includes Bastrop, Lee, and Caldwell Counties. Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R – Lexington) resigned soon after winning reelection with 64 percent of the vote. Kleinschmidt will work as the general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture.

So far at least one candidate plans to run for that seat. Ty McDonald, wife of former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald, announced he candidacy before the election date was set. KXAN reached out to the Texas Secretary of State’s office to find if any other candidates filed.

There will also be elections on Jan. 6 for two seats from the San Antonio area. Democrats Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Mike Villarreal resigned to run for San Antonio mayor. In November, Van de Putte lost her run for Lieutenant Governor to Dan Patrick by nearly 20%.

Candidates for all three seats must file applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The early voting period begins Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

In Central Texas, there could be a handful of other legislative seats up for grabs. On Dec. 6, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R – Brenham) won a special election for State Senate. Her district includes Fayette County.

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