Trey Martinez Fischer

David Martin Davies

The special election for State Senate District 26 will be heading to a run-off. Current office holder Senator Leticia Van de Putte is stepping down to run for mayor of San Antonio. 

With five candidates on the ballot Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (HD-116) had the largest share of the votes with 43%. Martinez Fischer said he was happy with the results although he was denied the clear majority needed to avoid a run-off.

Shelley Kofler / TPR News

The candidates’ personalities have become a key issue in tomorrow’s Senate District 26 election.

Five names are on the ballot to replace Leticia Van de Putte who is leaving the legislature to run for San Antonio Mayor. State representatives Jose Menendez and Trey Martinez Fischer, who are both San Antonio Democrats, have emerged as front-runners.

Ryan E. Poppe

As San Antonio Democratic state senator, Leticia Van De Putte, considers her next career move, other firebrand Democratic lawmakers have already begun announcing their interest in filling her spot in the state senate. 

Sen. Van De Putte says she isn’t sure whether she’ll run in the San Antonio mayoral election in 2015, but it might be interesting to note how this potential move might affect senate Democrats during the upcoming legislative session.

Trey Martinez Fischer

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.

During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for gringos y otras pendejos."

Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.

Martinez Fischer said his comments were meant to address the name-calling and disrespect he says Democrats have been shown by Republican candidates in 2014 and meant to address some the items in the Republican party platform.

Trey Martinez Fischer

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.

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