Friday is your last day to vote early in the Houston City Council special election

Friday is the last day for residents of West Houston to vote early in the special election to decide their next City Council representative.

District G covers most of the territory between Interstate-10 and Westheimer Road, ranging from a small stretch of Shepherd Road to just off State Highway 6. It includes River Oaks, Uptown, Tanglewood, and the Briarforest area, among other neighborhoods.

The candidates are: Marie Nan Huffman, attorney for the Houston Police Officers Union and former candidate for Harris County District Attorney; Mad Earth Piper, community organizer and volunteer; Duke Millard, attorney and former federal prosecutor; Raul “Roy” Reyes Jr., a retired deputy chief of the Houston Fire Department; and Houshang “Hank” Taghizadeh – although only “Taghi” will appear on the ballot – who said he works in construction.

Municipal elections are officially non-partisan, but Huffman, Millard and Reyes are running as conservatives. Madland is progressive and Taghi has not responded to requests from the Chronicle and does not appear to be actively campaigning.

The candidates have primarily focused on flooding and public safety while campaigning for the seat. Huffman raised $50,000 for his auction and spent $35,600; Madland raised $26,000 and spent $16,000; Millard raised $2,600 and spent $9,400; and Reyes and Taghi don’t appear to be fundraising.

Just over 3,711 people had voted Thursday night in the off-year elections. During the last general election in 2019, nearly 11,000 people voted in advance.

Thursday’s polling stations remained open until 10 p.m.

Polling stations are open Friday at four slots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are: Nottingham Park Building, 926 Country Place Drive; Banquet Hall with Terrace, 2424 South Voss Road; La Quinta Inn, Houston Galleria, 1625 West Loop South; and the Harris County Administration Building, 1001 Preston St., 4th Floor.

The Nottingham Park site accounted for around 60% of the early votes.

Election day is Tuesday, January 25, and voters will be able to vote at 15 sites that day, also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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