After Ann Howard's victory, Travis County Commissioners Court will be entirely made up of Democrats

The Austin Central Library was one of 178 polling locations in Travis County open Nov. 3. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Austin Central Library was one of 178 polling locations in Travis County open Nov. 3. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Austin Central Library was one of 178 polling locations in Travis County open Nov. 3. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Update: 11:59 p.m.

With all Travis County votes counted, Ann Howard has won the race for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3.

Gerald Daugherty, the lone Republican on the dais, is stepping down from his position after his term expires. With Howard's win, all four Commissioners will be Democrats.

Howard won 107,330 votes to 81,371 for Becky Bray, giving Howard 56.88% of the vote.

Original story

With early votes tallied in the Travis County Commissioners Court race, Ann Howard has a 16.4-point lead in the race to represent Precinct 3.

Howard received 102,117 early votes, or 58.18%, while Republican Becky Bray received 73,405 votes, or 41.82%.

Howard, the former executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, won the Democratic Party nomination in July, earning 65.24% in the runoff election to defeat Valinda Bolton. Bray earned the endorsement of outgoing Commissioner and fellow conservative Gerald Daugherty.

Precinct 1 is also up for election Nov. 3. Incumbent Jeffrey Travillion has defeated Solomon Arcoven with 77.23% of the vote. Travillion received 86,662 total early votes to Arcoven's 25,553.

Ballots are still being counted from Election Day. According to the Travis County Clerk's office, the unofficial number of early voters was 553,290, or 64.7% of the 855,175 registered voters in the county. As of 6 p.m., the clerk's office said 43,000 voters had cast ballots on Election Day.

Results are updated as of 11:59 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.

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By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at


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