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Runoff Jan. 28 for Texas House special election

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Jan. 28 runoff date has been set in the special election to replace state Rep. Mark Strama of Austin, who resigned. Gov. Rick Perry late Monday announced the runoff date for Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle. Both were the top vote-getters in their respective parties but did not receive a majority in the Nov. 5 special election for the Texas House District 50 seat. Israel is a real estate agent. VanDeWalle is a chiropractor. Strama resigned in June to lead Austin’s Google Fiber project. The runoff winner will serve the remainder of his two-year term.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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