Laurie Eiserloh, Delia Garza heading to runoff in Travis County attorney's race





UPDATE: March 4

With final totals in, Laurie Eiserloh and Delia Garza will be heading to a runoff election on May 26 in the race to become the net Travis County Attorney. Eiserloh closed with 41.2% of the vote—77,655 total—while Garza finished with 39%. Mike Denton came in third place with 11.3% and Dominic Selvera had 7.5%.

UPDATE: 11:26 p.m.


Following the second election day update from the Travis County Clerk's office, assistant county attorney Laurie Eiserloh remains in first place in the Travis County attorney's race with 43.7% of the vote.

Delia Garza, an Austin City Council member, remains in second place with 38% of the vote. If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be necessary.

Former judge Mike Denton sits in third place with 11.2% of the vote, with defense attorney Dominic Selvera in fourth place, with 7% of the vote.

UPDATE: 10:58 p.m.

Following the first election day update from the Travis County Clerk's office, assistant county attorney Laurie Eiserloh remains in first place in the Travis County attorney's race with 44.6% of the vote.

Delia Garza, an Austin City Council member, remains in second place with 37.2% of the vote. If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be necessary.

Former judge Mike Denton sits in third place with 11.3% of the vote, with defense attorney Dominic Selvera in fourth place, with 7% of the vote.

ORIGINAL POST

Laurie Eiserloh and Delia Garza are leading in the Travis County attorney's race following the release of early voting totals, in which 89,621 votes were cast.

Eiserloh, an assistant county attorney, has the highest percentage of votes so far, with 44.5%. Garza, a member of Austin City Council, has earned 37.4% of the vote. Unless a candidate comes away with a 50% majority, the two leading candidates will face off in a May 27 runoff election.

Former judge Mike Denton and defense attorney Dominic Selvera are in third and fourth place with 10.8% and 7.3%, respectively.

The Travis County attorney is responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor crimes as well as obtaining protective orders for domestic violence victims and involuntary commitments for some experiencing mental illness. The county attorney also advises the county’s elected officials.

The Republican Party did not put any candidates up for the seat, so whoever wins this race is expected to run and win uncontested in November. Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, who has held the seat for 17 years, will retire after his term expires at the end of the year.
By Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today and several other local outlets along the east coast.


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