November 14, 2014
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, the resignation of The Honorable Glenn Hegar, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas Senate District No. 18, which consists of Aransas, Austin, Burleson, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington, and Wharton counties, and parts of Fort Bend, Harris, and Nueces counties; and
WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy; and
WHEREAS, the vacancy has occurred during the 60 days immediately prior to the date of convening the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature (said date being January 13, 2014), and therefore, pursuant to Section 203.013(c) of the Texas Election Code, the special election must be held on a Tuesday or Saturday occurring no earlier than the 21st day or later than the 45th day after the date the special election is ordered; and
WHEREAS, Section 3.003 of the Texas Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the governor; and
WHEREAS, Saturday, December 6, 2014, is an appropriate election date under Section 203.013(c) of the Texas Election Code, occurring after the date the special election is ordered;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special election to be held in Senate District No. 18 on Saturday, December 6, 2014, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of The Honorable Glenn Hegar.
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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in accordance with Section 203.013(d) of the Texas Election Code.
Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, in accordance with Section 85.001(d) of the Texas Election Code.
A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the county judges of all counties contained within Senate District No. 18, and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed for the purpose that said election may be held to fill the vacancy in District No. 18 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in
the City of Austin, Texas, this the 14th day of November, 2014.
Governor of Texas