MFV Texas to Gov Abbott: Do your job


For Immediate Release

November 9, 2018

Contact: Carlos Duarte at carlosd@mifamiliavota.org

or Karina Martinez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org / 858/752-1262


MFV Texas to Gov Abbott: Do your job

State Senate Dist. 6 seat vacancy casts doubts on established government systems


Houston, Texas – On Tuesday, November 6th, voters elected Texas State Sen. Sylvia Garcia to be the new representative for Texas’s 29th Congressional District. Mi Familia Vota (MFV) calls on Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately schedule a special election to fill Garcia’s state Senate District 6 (SD6) seat.


Carlos Duarte, Texas state director for Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:


“Governor Gregg Abbot must call for an expedited special election for SD6 to conserve the integrity of our election process and government systems. More than 800,000 Texans live in this district and they have the right to be represented. The next legislative session begins in January, 2019 so it is imperative that Governor Abbott move quickly to do the right thing and give voters the opportunity to choose their next state senator.


“There is no reason why the future of Senate District 6 should be uncertain. At a time when election irregularities are casting doubts on our democracy and our election systems, Governor Abbott can provide voters the confidence they need in government by issuing a writ of election as soon as possible – it’s right for democracy and its right for Texas.


We are proud that two Latinas will be our voice in the House of Representatives for the first time. These leaders deserve Governor Abbott’s respect and cooperation in ensuring a smooth transition, as do the people of Texas.”



Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.