On Sunday, Aug. 23, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special election to replace state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper.

Fallon represents the 30th Senatorial District in Texas which includes Archer County. Archer County election officials were already hard at work preparing for the Nov. 3 General Election. They will now have to deal with a special election to be held Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Abbott called for the sped-up election to fill Fallon’s vacated seat ahead of the next legislative session now that he is likely headed to the United States Congress. Early voting in the Special Election will begin Monday, Sept. 14. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, to file their applications to be on the ballot. Details about the election will be forthcoming as more information is available to Archer County Election officials.

John Ratcliff, a President Trump appointee, was sworn in as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on May 26. He previously served as the United States Representative for Texas Congressional District 4. His acceptance of the appointment removed him as an incumbent candidate in the November election.

Under Texas law, the chairman of the Texas GOP can convene a “Congressional District Executive Committee” of the district’s precinct and county chairs to elect a replacement on the ballot while the seat remains vacant until the winner of the general election is sworn in with the new session of Congress in January.

The Republican committee selected Texas State Senator Pat Fallon as the GOP candidate in November facing Democratic nominee Russell Foster. U.S. Congressional District 4 is heavily Republican so Fallon will be the overwhelming favorite.

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