Austin primary election 2020: Here are the candidates for local office on the ballot

A sign directs voters at the Austin Public Library George Washington Carver Branch during the November 2019 election. Early voting begins Feb. 18 in the 2020 primary election. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper
A sign directs voters at the Austin Public Library George Washington Carver Branch during the November 2019 election. Early voting begins Feb. 18 in the 2020 primary election. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper

A sign directs voters at the Austin Public Library George Washington Carver Branch during the November 2019 election. Early voting begins Feb. 18 in the 2020 primary election. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper

The filing deadline for candidates to appear on the March 3 primary election passed at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 3, and early voting will begin on Feb. 18.

The March 3 election includes democratic and republican candidates from U.S. President down to local county and district judges. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in a primary race, the top two vote-getters go to a primary election on Tuesday, May 26. Finally, the general election between the Republican and Democratic nominees is held Nov. 3.

Candidates for Austin City Council and Austin ISD do not participate in the primary elections because those races are non-partisan. Here are the candidates running for local office covering Central Austin and Travis County. You can find the federal elected official who represents your area here, as well as a full list of elected officials representing all or parts of Travis County here.

Texas House of Representatives

District 46


Sheryl Cole, D*

Occupation: Attorney

District 48

Donna Howard, D*

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Bill Strieber, R

Occupation: Entrepreneur

District 49

Gina Hinojosa, D*

Occupation: Attorney

Jenai Aragona-Hales, R

Occupation: Realtor

Charles Allan Meyer, R

Occupation: Volunteer Caregiver

District 51

Eddie Rodriguez, D*

Occupation: State representative

Joshua Sanchez, D

Occupation: Student

Robert Reynolds, R

Occupation: Supervisor

Travis County

District Attorney

Margaret Moore, D*

Occupation: District Attorney

Jose Garza, D

Occupation: Attorney

Erin Martinson, D

Occupation: Attorney

Martin Harry, R

Occupation: Attorney

County Attorney

Mike Denton, D

Occupation: Attorney

Laurie Eiserloh, D

Occupation: Attorney

Delia Garza, D

Occupation: Mayor Pro Tem

Dominic Selvera, D

Occupation: Attorney

Sheriff

Sally Hernandez, D*

Occupation: Sheriff

Liz Donegan, D

Occupation: Consultant

John Loughran, D

Occupation: Landscaper

Raul Vargas, R

Occupation: Retired

County Tax Assessor-Collector

Bruce Elfant, D*

Occupation: Tax Assessor

Todd Douglas, R

Occupation: Financial services

Marilyn Jackson, R

Occupation: Insurance agent

County Commissioner: Precinct 1

Jeffrey Travillion, D*

Occupation: County Commissioner

Solomon Arcoven, R

Occupation: Administrator

County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Valinda Bolton, D

Occupation: Community affairs, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Ann Howard, D

Occupation: Attorney

Shiloh Newman, D

Occupation: Lake Travis Youth Association board president

Sheri Soltes, D

Occupation: CEO, Service Dogs Inc.

Becky Bray, R

Occupation: Transportation engineer

County Constable - Precinct 1

Michael Carter, D

Occupation: Retired

Sam Holt, D

Occupation: Deputy Constable

Tonya Nixon, D

Occupation: Law enforcement

Janie Serna, D

Occupation: Coach

County Constable - Precinct 2

Adan Ballesteros, D*

Occupation: Constable

Deke Pierce, D

Occupation: Deputy

County Constable - Precinct 3

Stacy Suits, D*

Occupation: Constable

County Constable - Precinct 4

George Morales III, D*

Occupation: Constable

County Constable - Precinct 5

Carlos B. Loopez, D*

Occupation: Constable

In Texas, judges are elected in partisan elections from local and district courts all the way through the state supreme court. Here are the county and district judges who filed to appear on the ballot locally.

53rd District Court (Civil)

Maria Cantü Hexsel, D

Occupation: Attorney

Kennon Wooten, D

Occupation: Attorney

98th District Court (Civil)

Rhonda Hurley, D*

Occupation: District Judge

126th District Court (Civil)

Aurora Martinez-Jones, D

Occupation: Judge

167th District Court (Criminal)

David Wahlberg, D*

Occupation: Judge

Dayna Blazey, D

Occupation: Attorney

200th District Court (Civil)

Maggie Ellis, D

Occupation: Attorney

Jessica Mangrum, D

Occupation: Attorney

345th District Court (Civil)

Jan Soifer, D*

Occupation: Judge

353rd District Court (Civil)

Tim Sulak, D*

Occupation: Judge

Madeleine Connor, D

Occupation: Attorney/General Counsel

390th District Court (Criminal)

Julie Kocurek, D*

Occupation: Judge

Albert Amado, D

Occupation: Attorney

427th District Court (Criminal)

Tamara Needles, D*

Occupation: Judge

450th District Court (Criminal)

Brad Urrutia, D*

Occupation: Judge

460th District Court (Criminal)

Selena Alvarenga, D

Occupation: Attorney

Amy Meredith, D

Occupation: Attorney

Geoffrey Puryear, R*

Occupation: Judge

County Court at Law 4 (Criminal)

Dimple Malhotra, D*

Occupation: Judge

Margaret Chen Kercher, D

Occupation: Attorney

Tanisa Jeffers, D

Occupation: Attorney/Judge

County Court at Law 8 (Criminal)

Carlos Barrera, D*

Occupation: Judge

County Court at Law 9 (Criminal)

Kim Williams, D*

Occupation: Judge
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By Jack Flagler

Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.


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