Voters will decide among four Republican candidates Saturday in a special election to replace state Sen. Tommy Williams, and the race could go to a runoff this summer if no candidate collects more than 50 percent of the vote.
Williams, R-The Woodlands, resigned last year from the Senate, where he was chairman of the budget-writing Finance Committee, to take a job as vice chancellor of federal and state relations at the Texas A&M University System.
Senate District 4 includes Chambers and Jefferson counties as well as parts of Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery counties. The candidates are:
• Gordy Bunch, a businessman who serves on The Woodlands Township board of directors
• State Rep. Brandon Creighton of Conroe
• Former state Sen. Michael Galloway of Magnolia
• State Rep. Steve Toth of The Woodlands
Polls close at 7 p.m.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/10/special-election-fill-empty-senate-seat/.