Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 6 to include information about Eliz Markowitz’s campaign for the state House District 28 seat.
The race for the state House District 28, which covers Fulshear and a portion of Katy, has begun.
Eliz Markowitz and Tricia Kreneke announced via separate press releases they are running for the seat.
Markowitz is running as a Democrat and is employed at The Princeton Review as a teacher, corporate trainer, content developer and author. She was the Democratic nominee for the Texas State Board of Education District 7 in the 2018 midterms but lost to Republican Matt Robinson.
Armed with a doctorate in education, two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree, Markowitz has a campaign platform focused on education, health care and flood management.
Kreneke, a Republican, served two terms on Fulshear City Council between 2014-18. She won the Republican primary for Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 3 in 2018 but lost in the general election to Democrat Juli Mathew
Krenek’s priorities include flood mitigation, property taxes, education, a free market system and pro-family values.
The House District 28 seat has been held by Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, since 2007. He announced July 31 that he will step down from the position. In an Aug. 1 press release, the University of Texas System announced Zerwas, a physician, had been appointed the executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the UT System effective Oct. 1.
Zerwas’ resignation as a state representative is effective Sept. 30—before his term is over.
Gov. Greg Abbott is responsible for calling special elections to fill vacancies in certain elected offices, according to the Office of the Texas Governor website. As of Aug. 5, a special election has not been called.
Community Impact Newspaper has reached out for more information in regard to the special election, but a representative from the governor’s office was not immediately available.