Mario Gallegos Jr. was re-elected after his death to serve State Senate District 6, so a special election will be held to determine his replacement. Carol Alvarado, a close friend of Gallegos, announced Monday that she is running for the seat.
Gallegos was elected to the seat in 1995 and served until his death on Oct. 16. He died from complications of a liver transplant that he had in 2007.
"Before he passed, Mario asked me to keep up the fight for good schools, good jobs and affordable health care when he no longer could, and that is why, with both a heavy heart and hope for the future, I have decided to run to succeed him," Alvarado said.
On Election Night, Gallegos' family said he told them he wanted Alvarado to fill his seat after his death.
"Mario and Carol shared the same goals," said Gallegos' widow, Theresa. "He believed Carol was the right person to continue his work in the Senate, and we are proud to support her."
Alvarado is currently representing State House District 145. She was a Houston City Council member and served as Mayor Prot Tem.
Sylvia Garcia, a former Harris County Commissioner, has also announced that she is running for the seat.
The Republican Gallegos defeated posthumously, R. W. Bray, also is running again.