Gov. Greg Abbott and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia still at impasse over election for Houston-area seat

Gov. Greg Abbott and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia still at impasse over election for Houston-area seat

By Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle

There is still no resolution in sight as Gov. Greg Abbott and Houston State Sen. Sylvia Garcia clash over when there will be a special election to assure nearly 850,000 Houston area residents are represented in the Texas Legislature at the start of 2019.

Garcia, a Democrat who is favored to win a congressional seat in November, has demanded Abbott call a special election promptly for her soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat.

Abbott, a Republican, has repeatedly refused, saying Garcia failed to send him a proper resignation letter. In late July, Garcia wrote to the governor that she intends to resign on Jan. 2. Abbott and his staff say an intent to resign is not sufficient, and that Garcia needs to provide a date certain for her resignation. Garcia disagrees.

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