Carol Alvarado wins Texas state senate seat - What's Your Point?

This week's panel:  Jessica Colon - Republican strategist, Nyanza Moore - progressive commentator and Houston attorney, David Balat – health care executive and, former Republican congressional candidate,  Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist,  and Tomaro Bell – Super Neighborhood leader.; talk about the Carol Alvarado state senate and the issues facing the Texas legislature.


HOUSTON (AP) - State Rep. Carol Alvarado narrowly avoided a runoff with fellow Democratic Rep. Ana Hernandez to win a special election for the state Senate District 6 seat and complete the term of Sylvia Garcia, who is heading to Congress.

Alvarado took 50.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election to Hernandez's 24.3 percent in the Democrat-friendly district. She will complete Garcia's term, which ends in 2021.

Republican Martha Elena Fierro took 23.2 percent of the vote, while Democrat Mia Mundy took 2.1 percent.

Last month, Garcia won a Houston-based U.S. House seat being vacated by long-serving Democrat Gene Green. In January, she and El Paso's Veronica Escobar will become the first Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress.