The special election to fill the vacant Senate seat created by Sen. Robert Duncan's resignation to become Texas Tech chancellor will be held Sept. 9, 2014. Governor Perry made the announcement yesterday. The early date surprised pundits and observers as most predicted Perry would set the date to coincide with the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.
The early date means candidatse must file by Aug. 1st. CPA and TSCPA member Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) previously announced he would be running for the seat. Now that the election has been set for September, Perry can run without resigning his House seat unless he wins the election. If he loses, he will still be on the Novemeber ballot for re-election in House District 83.
There are two other announced Republican candidates and one of those candidates, Jodey Arrington, former Texas Tech vice chancellor and former assistant to President George W. Bush, has already raised about $200,000 for the race according to press reports. That's about the same amount of money Charles Perry reported on hand in his June 30, 2014 fundraising report.
While there may be other candidates in the race, early indications are that the race will boil down to a Perry vs. Arrington battle. Both men say they ready.