Ann Howard apparent victor in Democratic primary for Travis County Precinct 3 commissioner

2020 primary runoff election
Ann Howard leads in early voting for Travis County Precinct 3 Democratic Primary runoff. (Photo illustration by Shelby Savage)

Ann Howard leads in early voting for Travis County Precinct 3 Democratic Primary runoff. (Photo illustration by Shelby Savage)

Final update: 10:00 a.m. July 15

After receiving 65.24% of the vote in the July 14 primary runoff election, Democrat Ann Howard has advanced to face Republican Becky Bray in November in the Travis County Precinct 3 commissioner race.

Howard received 20,365 votes in the primary runoff election, nearly double the total of her opponent, Valinda Bolton, who received 10,850 votes, or 34.76%.

Updated at 10:15 p.m.

With the latest round of votes updated from Travis County, Howard now has a lead of 20,365 votes, or 65.24%, to Bolton's 10,850 votes.

Updated at 9:51 p.m.


In the July 14 Democratic runoff election for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3, Ann Howard is on her way to defeating candidate Valinda Bolton with 16,014 votes to Bolton's 8,237, according to unofficial vote totals so far.

"I'd like to thank the voters," Howard said the night of July 14. "I'm eager to figure out the next stage. We had a good showing in March and another one today. I also want to thank Valinda and Shiloh [Newman] and Sheri [Soltes]. I'm excited to carry the torch forward."

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Early voting results for the July 14 Democratic runoff election for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3 have Ann Howard in the lead against Valinda Bolton at 15,131 votes to 7,739.

The March 3 Democratic primary race for Precinct 3 commissioner finished with Ann Howard taking a commanding 48% of of the vote, while Valinda Bolton took second place with almost 30%.

Becky Bray, who received an endorsement from outgoing Precinct 3 Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, is the lone Republican candidate and will face the winner of the July 14 runoff in November.

Following Daugherty’s announcement in December that he would not run for reelection in 2020, five candidates filed to run for the position. The four Democrats who ran for precinct 3 in March were Bolton, Howard, Shiloh Newman and Sheri Soltes.

Whoever ends up winning the precinct 3 spot will have big shoes to fill, as Daugherty held that position for 14 years.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve my neighbors as their commissioner,” Daugherty said in a Dec. 5 press release. “I’ve done my very best to deliver on the promises that I’ve made over time. I’ve fought for honest, cost-effective transportation solutions, for a comprehensive road system, and for a fiscally conservative county government. While no one in public office ever achieves all of their objectives, I’ve always thought that serving my constituents was my primary job, and I’m proud of the things we have been able to achieve together.”

Election night results are always unofficial until they are canvassed by the Travis County Clerk. Voters who elected to receive a ballot by mail will have their vote tallied as long as their ballot is postmarked by July 14. This year, according to the clerk's office, more than 32,000 Travis County residents requested a ballot by mail.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.