Special election for Gallegos' seat set

Published On: Dec 13 2012 03:09:40 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2012 03:49:30 PM CST
AUSTIN, Texas -

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has set a Jan. 26 special election to fill the state Senate seat held by the late Sen. Mario Gallegos.

Gallegos, a Houston Democrat, died of liver disease on Oct. 16. It was too late to remove his name from the Nov. 6 general election ballot and he was posthumously elected to another term.

Candidates for the District 6 special election must file by Dec. 27. Early voting will run from Jan.9-22.

State Rep. Carol Alvarado, a Houston Democrat, has said she will run for the Senate seat.