The election is to fill the seat left vacant by Texas State Senator Tommy Williams' resignation (R-The Woodlands). Sen. Williams resigned to retire from public service and accept a position with Texas A&M University (TAMU). On October 3rd, Williams announced he would not seek re-election. On Oct. 25th, he resigned.
District 4 will likely see an interesting campaign focusing on issues vital to Texas and the district. District 4 includes Port Arthur and part of the Gulf Coast region of Texas. This area has a number of factors to consider from economics, international trade, agriculture, water, fishing, and industrial concerns, which include healthcare and labor.
Candidates have until March 10, 2014 to file their applications with sufficient signatures. Early voting is scheduled to begin on April 28. The term will last until the 2016 elections.
Here is the official proclamation setting the election date:
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, the resignation of The Honorable Tommy Williams, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District No. 4, which consists of Chambers County and Jefferson County, and parts of Galveston County, Harris County, and Montgomery County; and
WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy; and
WHEREAS, the vacancy occurred on October 28, 2013, and Section 203.004 of the Election Code requires the special election to be held on the first uniform date occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the special election is ordered; and
WHEREAS, Section 3.003 of the Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the governor; and
WHEREAS, Saturday, May 10, 2014, is the first uniform election date, occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the special election is ordered;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special election to be held in Senate District No. 4 on Saturday, May 10, 2014, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of The Honorable Tommy Williams.
Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the secretary of state no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2014, in accordance with Section 201.054(a)(1), of the Election Code.
Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, April 28, 2014, in accordance with Section 85.001(e) of the Election Code.
A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the County Judges of all counties contained within Senate District No. 4, and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed for the purpose that said election may be held to fill the vacancy in District No. 4 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 6th day of November, 2013.
Governor of Texas