Primary Elections in Cedar Park | Leander


Presidential candidates

Statewide candidates

  • Railroad commissioner: Lon Burnam, Cody Garrett, Grady Yarbrough

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3: Mike Westergren

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5: Dori Contreras Garza

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9: Savannah Robinson

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2: Lawrence “Larry” Meyers (Incumbent)

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5: Betsy Johnson

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6: Robert E. Burns

County & district candidates

Travis County

  • State Representative, District 47: Ana Jordan

  • State Board of Education, District 10: Judy Jennings

  • District Judge, 53rd Judicial District: Scott Jenkins

  • District Judge, 98th Judicial District: Rhonda Hurley

  • District Judge, 126th Judicial District: Darlene Byrne

  • District Judge, 200th Judicial District: Gisela D. Triana

  • District Judge, 345th Judicial District: Melissa Mather, Jan Sofier

  • District Judge, 353rd Judicial District: Tim Sulak*

  • District Attorney, 53rd Judicial District: Gary Cobb, Margaret Moore, Rick Reed

  • County Attorney: David Escamilla

  • County Sheriff: Sally Hernandez, Todd Radford, Don X. Rios, John Sisson

  • County Tax Assessor-Collector: Bruce Elfant*

  • Constable, Precinct 2: Adan Ballesteros*

  • Commissioner, Precinct 3: David Holmes

Williamson County

  • U.S. Representative, District 31: Mike Clark

  • State Representative District 136: Paul R. Gordon

  • Commissioner, Precinct 3: Anthony Rector

  • Williamson County Democratic Party Chairman: John H. Bucy III


Presidential candidates 

Statewide candidates

  • Railroad commissioner: Lance N. Christian, Wayne Christian, Gary Gates, John Greytok, Ron Hale, Doug Jeffrey, Weston Martinez

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3: Debra Lehrmann (Incumbent), Michael Massengale

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5: Paul Green (Incumbent), Rick Green

  • Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9: Eve Guzman (Incumbent), Joe Pool

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2: Mary Lou Keel, Chris Oldner, Ray Wheless

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5: Sid Harle, Steve Smith, Scott Walker, Brent Webster

  • Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6: Richard Davis, Michael E. Keasler (Incumbent)

County & District Candidates

Travis County

  • State Representative, District 20: Marsha Farney*, Terry Wilson

  • State Representative, District 47: Jay Wiley, Paul Workman*

  • State Representative, District 52: Larry Gonzales*

  • State Board of Education, District 10: Tom Maynard*

  • District Attorney, 53rd Judicial District: Maura Phelan

  • Constable, Precinct 2: Deke Pierce

  • Commissioner, Precinct 3: Gerald Daugherty, Jason Nassour

Williamson County

  • U.S. Representative, District 31: John Carter*, Mike Sweeney

  • State Representative, District 20: Marsha Farney*, Terry Wilson

  • Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 4: Melissa Goodwin

  • District Judge, 425th Judicial District: Betsy F. Lambeth*

  • District Attorney, 26th Judicial District: Shawn Dick, Jana Duty*

  • County Court at Law Judge No. 2: Laura Barker, Lesli Fitzpatrick, Brandy Hallford, Warren Oliver Waterman

  • County Attorney: Dee Hobbs

  • County Sheriff: Robert Chody, Mike Cowie, Randy Elliston, Bill Kelberlau, L.A. (Tony) Trumps**

  • County Tax Assessor-Collector: Larry Gaddes

  • Constable, Precinct No. 2: Richard (Rick) Coffman, Mike Pendley

  • County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Valerie Covey*, Matt Heaton

  • Williamson County Republican Party Chairman: Bill Fairbrother*

The candidates listed in this guide will be on the 2016 primary election ballot in the communities defined by Community Impact Newspaper’s Cedar Park | Leander coverage area. Only contested races are listed. OR All races  including uncontested races are listed. Candidates with silhouette photos were not able to be reached before press time. Official campaign websites could not be found for certain presidential candidates.


Q. What is the primary election?

A. In Texas both the Democratic and Republican parties hold a primary election to determine which candidate should represent each party in the general election. Both parties use the primary election results to determine how many delegates to assign to each of their respective party’s presidential candidates. The delegates then vote at conventions to decide their party’s nomination. There are 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake.

Q. Can I vote in both the Republican and Democratic primaries in the same year?

A. No. In Texas, voters can participate in the primary election by voting Democrat or Republican, but not both.

Q. Will I vote at the same polling location for the March primary and the November election?

A. Not necessarily. The number of voters is typically lower for the primary election, so the elections office may consolidate precincts to fewer polling locations.

Q. Who is eligible for a mail-in ballot?

A. You may request a ballot by mail if you will be out of the county on election day and during early voting, if you are sick or disabled, if you are age 65 or older on election day, or if you are incarcerated.

Q. Can I vote for Libertarian or third-party candidates in the primary election?

A. No, the Republican and Democratic parties are the only ones who hold primary elections. Other parties select their candidates through other processes.

Q. What is the role of a county’s political party chair? 

A. Political party chairs at the county level are responsible for much of the groundwork each election season. They assist with primary elections, organize voter drive campaigns, work with party candidates and recruit volunteers and precinct chairs.


U.S. House of Representatives
Texas’ 36 representatives in the U.S. House serve two-year terms with no term limits.

Texas Senate
The Texas Senate is made up of 31 single-member districts. Senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

Texas House
The Texas House is made up of 150 members representing districts of approximately 179,700 people each, according to 2014 census data. Representatives serve two-year terms with no term limits.

Railroad commissioner
Three commissioners are each elected to six-year terms. Despite its name, the commission no longer oversees railroads. The commission sets policies and regulations for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas and manages gas utilities.

Supreme Court of Texas
Nine justices, including a chief justice, are each elected to six-year terms. The Supreme Court of Texas is the highest court for civil litigation statewide.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Nine justices, including a presiding judge, are each elected to six-year terms. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears cases appealed from trial courts and cases that are punishable by the death penalty. The court also has the authority to grant habeas corpus to defendants found guilty of felony crimes.

Sources:,, www.rrc.texas.gov,, and

Editor's Note: This information was updated Feb. 29 to reflect the correct website for the Travis County elections office website.


Williamson County will host 57 polling locations on Election Day, Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Here is an update on COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
UPDATED: Williamson County adjusts COVID-19 hospitalizations after data error

As of Sept. 28, there are nine patients hospitalized and four in intensive care.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody (center) with his attorney, Gerry Morris, maintained his innocence during a Sept. 28 news conference after a Williamson County grand jury indicted the elected official for evidence tampering in the Javier Ambler case. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘I did not tamper with evidence’: Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody speaks on indictment charges

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody maintained his innocence during a Sept. 28 news conference after a Williamson County grand jury indicted the elected official for evidence tampering in the Javier Ambler case.

Meet the candidates running for Williamson County attorney in November. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Election Q&A: Meet Williamson County attorney candidates

Candidates Dee Hobbs and Stan O. Springerley speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Capital Metro's board of directors approved the public transportation agency's $390.5 million budget for fiscal year 2020-21 on Sept. 28. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
$390.5 million Capital Metro budget projects $14 million reduction in sales tax revenue

Cap Metro's sales tax revenue for the upcoming year landed between the best- and worst-case projections its CFO had presented earlier this summer.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick held a press conference Sept. 28 on the indictment of Sheriff Robert Chody. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Williamson County DA speaks on Sheriff Robert Chody evidence-tampering indictment, offers timeline

The sheriff was indicted Sept. 25 for evidence tampering related to the Javier Ambler case.

The county reported 10 confirmed cases and one additional death. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County coronavirus positivity rate drops again to 3.4%

The county reported 10 confirmed cases and one additional death.

Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference
Gov. Greg Abbott to allocate $171M from CARES Act to help renters at risk of eviction

Gov. Greg Abbott will allocate more than $171 million in renters assistance from the federal coronavirus relief package to eligible Texans.

(Courtesy New Braunfels Ghost Tours)
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Travis County voter round-up, ballot box
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Cedar Park adds New Hope Drive extension to revised Williamson County cost-share agreement

The New Hope project was deferred funding by CAMPO in June, so the unneeded frontage road funding can be transferred to the New Hope Drive extension.

Early voting begins Oct. 13, ballot box
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