Central Austin candidates file for state, federal races in March primary elections

The candidate filing period for 2022 state and federal elections in Texas closed Dec. 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
The candidate filing period for 2022 state and federal elections in Texas closed Dec. 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The candidate filing period for 2022 state and federal elections in Texas closed Dec. 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The candidate filing period for next March's primary election closed Dec. 13, and Central Austinites have several races to watch heading into next spring.

Primary contests for both state and federal offices will be decided March 1 with winners advancing to the Nov. 8 general election. Ahead of election day, voter registration will close Jan. 31, and early voting will run from Feb. 14-25.

The primaries will be held under new district boundaries approved by the state leaders this year and set to be in effect through the 2020s, which shuffled some representation in Central Texas. The new maps are also being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice over the alleged disenfranchisement of minority voters.

Below are the primary races for the state House, state Senate and congressional districts representing the Austin area with candidates and parties listed in alphabetical order. More information on the March primary and individual candidates is available through the Texas secretary of state's elections division.

State House




District 46


Democrat:

  • Sheryl Cole (incumbent)


Republican:


  • Samual Strasser


District 48

Democrat:

  • Donna Howard (incumbent)


District 49

Democrat:

  • Gina Hinojosa (incumbent)


Republican:


  • Katherine Griffin


District 50

Democrat:

  • David Alcorta

  • James Talarico


Republican:


  • Victor Johnson


District 51

Democrat:

  • Cody Arn

  • Albino Bino Cadenas

  • Maria Luisa "Lulu" Flores

  • Mike Hendrix

  • Claire Campos-O'Neal

  • Cynthia Valadez-Mata

  • Matt Worthington


Republican:


  • Robert Reynolds



State Senate




District 14

Democrat:

  • Sarah Eckhardt (incumbent)


District 21

Democrat:

  • Judith Zaffirini (incumbent)



Congress




District 35

Democrat:

  • Greg Casar

  • Eddie Rodriguez

  • Carla Joy Sisco

  • Rebecca Viagran


Republican:


  • Alejandro Ledezma

  • Sam Montoya

  • Asa George Kent Palagi


District 37

Democrat:

  • Quinton "Q" Beaubouef

  • Lloyd Doggett

  • Donna Imam

  • Chris Jones


Republican:


  • Rod Lingsch

  • Jenny Garcia Sharon

By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. He spent more than two years reporting on Montgomery County and The Woodlands area before moving to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city. Contact Ben with questions, tips or feedback at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @BThompson_CI.