See which local elected positions are on March, November ballots in Central Austin

A sign guides voters in during the Nov. 6, 2019, election at Ben Hur Shrine Temple in North Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
A sign guides voters in during the Nov. 6, 2019, election at Ben Hur Shrine Temple in North Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A sign guides voters in during the Nov. 6, 2019, election at Ben Hur Shrine Temple in North Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local leadership will take center stage this year with a host of elections in March and November. First up is the primary election March 3, with early voting beginning Feb. 18. You can find all the state and local candidates on the primary election ballot here for Central Austin and Travis County.

While federal races, such as for U.S. president and U.S. senator, will likely get quite a bit of attention over the next few months, here is a look at local positions—City Council seats, county official roles and school district trustee places—up for election in 2020.

The Austin ISD board of trustees is composed of seven members representing different areas of the district and two at-large members, all serving four-year terms. The at-large members are elected by voters from the entire area, and the other members are elected by voters within their trustee area boundaries.

General election: Nov.3

Filing period: July 18-Aug. 17


District 2: currently held by Jayme Mathias

District 3: currently held by Ann Teich

District 5: currently held by Amber Elenz

At-large position 8: Currently held by Cindy Anderson

Austin City Council is composed of the mayor and ten council members. Members are elected by district to serve staggered, four-year terms.

General election: Nov. 3

Filing period: July 18-Aug. 17


Central Austin positions

District 4: currently held by Greg Casar

District 7: currently held by Leslie Pool

District 10: currently held by Alison Alter

Other positions

District 2: currently held by Delia Garza

District 6: currently held by Jimmy Flannigan

Travis County Commissioners Court is composed of four commissioners, with a a county judge presiding over the court. Commissioners are elected by voters of their precinct; the judge is elected by voters of the county. Each serves a four-year term.

Primary election: March 3

General election: Nov. 3


Filing deadline for primary election has passed.

Precinct 1: currently held by Jeff Travillion

Precinct 3: currently held by Gerald Daugherty

Travis County, other elected officials

Primary election: March 3

General election: Nov. 3


Filing deadline for primary election has passed.

District attorney: currently held by Margaret Moore

County attorney: currently held by David Escamilla

Sheriff: currently held by Sally Hernandez

Tax assessor-collector: currently held by Bruce Elfant

Constable Precinct 1: currently held by Danny Thomas

Constable Precinct 2: currently held by Adan Ballesteros

Constable Precinct 3: currently held by Stacy Suits

Constable Precinct 4: currently held by George Morales III

Constable Precinct 5: currently held by Carlos Lopez

The Austin Community College board of trustees is composed of nine members, each of whom serves a six-year term. Each trustee is elected by voters throughout the community college’s taxing district, which includes the city of Austin as well as the Austin, Leander, Manor, Del Valle, Round Rock, Elgin and Hays school districts.

General election: Nov. 3

Filing period: July 18-Aug. 17


Place 1: Currently held by Mark Williams

Place 2: Currently held by Gigi Edwards-Bryant

Place 6: Currently held by Nora de Hoyos Comstock

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