Final: Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez advances to November election against Raul Vargas

Travis County voters chose from three democratic candidates for the county sheriff position, while republican Raul Vargas ran unopposed. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County voters chose from three democratic candidates for the county sheriff position, while republican Raul Vargas ran unopposed. (Community Impact Staff)

Travis County voters chose from three democratic candidates for the county sheriff position, while republican Raul Vargas ran unopposed. (Community Impact Staff)

Updated: 7:37 a.m.

Incumbent Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez will face republican challenger Raul Vargas in November, after receiving 77% of votes cast in the democratic primary.

According to final results from Travis County, Hernandez received 145,825 votes out of 188,776 total placed. Liz Donegan received 28,285, or 15% of votes, while John Loughran received 14,666 votes, or 8%.

Meanwhile, democrat Tonya Nixon has won the Travis County Constable Precinct 1 primary race, earning about 61% of votes cast in the election. With no republican candidates filing for the race, Nixon will take the position after an uncontested November election.

In Constable Precinct 2, incumbent Adan Ballesteros will hold onto the position after receiving 68% of votes in the two-person democratic race. No republican candidates filed for the position.


Results are not official until canvased.

Updated: March 4, 12:05 a.m.

Incumbent Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez has expanded her lead in the democratic primary, and will likely face challenger Raul Vargas—who ran unopposed in the republican primary—this November for the local position.

According to Travis County's 11:23 p.m. update, Hernandez has earned 78% of votes counted so far. Liz Donegan has received 15% of votes, and John Loughran has 7%. Not all votes have been counted, and results are not final until canvased.

Original post: March 3 at 7:51 p.m.

There are six primary races in Travis County March 3 for local law enforcement officials, including for Travis County sheriff and five constable positions. The following results will be updated throughout the night.

Travis County Sheriff

Current Sheriff Sally Hernandez faces Liz Donegan and John Loughran in the democratic primary.



Republican Raul Vargas ran unopposed in the primary, and will represent the party in November.

Travis County Constable Precinct 1

Four democrats are running for the Travis County Constable Precinct 1 position.

Travis County Constable Precinct 2

Incumbent democrat Adan Ballesteros faces Deke Pierce for the Travis County Constable Precinct 2 position.



Travis County Constable Precinct 3

Incumbent Stacy Suits ran unopposed for the Democratic party, and no candidate filed for the republican nomination.

Travis County Constable Precinct 4

Incumbent George Morales III ran unopposed for the Democratic party, and no candidate filed for the republican nomination.

Travis County Constable Precinct 5

Incumbent Carlos B. Lopez ran unopposed for the Democratic party, and no candidate filed for the republican nomination.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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