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Here’s What You Need To Know About The Texas House District 118 Second Round Election


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Voters in District 118 will decide on Tuesday whether it stays blue.

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In addition to voting on eight constitutional amendments for the state, Southside San Antonio and Bexar County will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2 to decide whether Texas House District 118 will switch.

The run-off election between Republican candidate John Lujan and Democratic candidate Frank Ramirez could come down to a narrow victory.

Texas House District 118 candidate John Lujan is considering making the district blush.

Texas House District 118 candidate John Lujan is considering making the district blush.

Edward A. Ornelas, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

Highlights

  • This election did not start with a primary because the incumbent, Leo Pacheco, resigned to take up a professorship at San Antonio College. The special election was intended for a second round. Pacheco was one of the Texas Dem. House who fled to Washington in July to avoid a vote on the Republican-backed voting bill.
  • A run-off was decided in the HD 118 special general election on September 28, 2021, with Lujan winning 41.5% of the total vote and Ramirez winning just 20%. True, Ramirez also clashed with two other Democrats – Desi Martinez and Katie Farias.
  • Lujan also had a Republican opponent in Adam Salyer who won 8.8% of the total vote. Even if you combine the remaining votes along party lines, the margin is very slim with Lujan with 3,561 votes and Ramirez with 3,514 votes.
  • Lujan occupied the HD 118 seat previously when he won the seat against Tomas Uresti in a run-off election in 2015 after Joe Farias resigned, election records show. He was beaten by Uresti in 2016.
  • Lujan, 59, is a retired firefighter and vice president of sales for information technology consulting firm Y&L Consulting and co-founder of Sistema Technologies.
  • Ramírez, 27, is the Zoning and Planning Director for San Antonio District 7 City Councilor Ana Sandoval.

HD 118 in figures

  • HD 118 covers south from San Antonio to Somerset curving upward above the eastern outskirts of Bexar County.
  • The 2019 neighborhood profile estimates that there are 181,964 people in the district.
  • Of this estimated total population, more than 70 percent are Hispanic.
  • There were 103,700 registered voters at the time of the special election. Only 7,167 voters, or 6.91% of the total number of voters, voted in the previous election.
  • Although Lujan held this seat for a year, HD 118 has been a historically Democrat for the past two decades.

Surprising fact

On Saturday, October 30, the youngest member of the Texas House of Representatives, James Talarico, spent time knocking on the door to make sure “the youngest member has to be young.”

Election day is November 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A list of polling centers can be found here.



Photo illustration by John Lujan and Frank Ramirez

Photo illustration by John Lujan and Frank Ramirez

Sadie Layher / MySA / Courtesy / Edward A. Ornelas


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