Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election until July 14, 2020. The runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26th, but has been postponed in conjunction with the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In Atascosa County there is only one run-off. The run-off is for the position of Constable Precinct 1 with incumbent Mike Mares (R) and John Rothenbach (R).
The postponement of this election serves to help fulfill the Governor’s recent executive orders mandating certain obligation for Texans that are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, including the encouragement of social distancing. Holding the runoff in May would cause the congregation of large gatherings of people in confined spaces and cause numerous election workers to come into close proximity with others. This would threaten the health and safety of many Texans.