If you couldn't tell by the plethora of campaign signs, the state's District 50 House seat is up for grabs.
The four candidates vying for the spot, left vacant by Democrat Mark Strama, are in full on campaign mode.
"We knocked on over 12,000 doors at this point," candidate Celia Israel said.
Part of what they're doing is getting the word out that there is a special election.
"Not a lot of people pay attention to these elections so we've been doing all we can to get people's attention and say, ‘We don't have a voice at the Capitol right now, so we have to make a pick,’" Israel said.
Voters in District 50, which covers North Austin and parts of northeast Travis County, have three Democrats to pick from – Israel, Rico Reyes and Jade Chang Sheppard. There is also one Republican candidate, Mike VanDeWalle.
"You hit the precincts, cut your turf, knock on doors, and you stay out all day until the sun goes down or folks get tired of it," Reyes said.
And between door knocks, phone calls and mailers, they've been working to lay their case to voters.
"Public education is one of the most important issues of our time, quality and access to healthcare for women is really important to the constituents in our district," Chang Sheppard said.
For VanDeWalle, the lone Republican on the ballot, that in itself sets him apart.
"It's kind of humbling when I tell them, ‘I'm a conservative Republican,’ and they practically jump out of the door and hug me,” VanDeWalle said. “They haven't had someone to vote for in a while."
The special election will be held on Nov. 5. The winner will also have to run in the March 4 primary and the November 2014 general election
Be sure to join us on YNN on Oct. 17. The three Democratic candidates for House District 50 will join us for a live debate on our political show, Capital Tonight.
We also invited the Republican in the race, but he declined our invitation.