First on the agenda is the Jan. 26 special election to fill the House seat vacated by retired Democratic state Rep. Joe Farias. Six candidates sought the post in November, but none won a majority of votes. The runoff contenders, Republican John Lujan and Democrat Tomas Uresti, also are candidates in their respective March primaries.

We recommend that voters cast their ballots for Lujan to fill the unexpired House term, which will end before the next regular legislative session. Lujan is a retired San Antonio firefighter who helped launch a successful technology company in 1999.

Lujan has deep roots in the community and a strong track record of community involvement. As a successful businessman, Lujan will bring an understanding of small-business needs. The Republican also offers a level-headed, thoughtful approach to issues.

Early voting in the special election runoff lasts only three days — Wednesday through Friday. We urge district residents of both parties to make the trip to the polls and participate in the special election. Early voting in the March 1 primaries will be in February.