Southwest Austin candidates file for state, federal races in March primaries

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)

Southwest Austinites have several races to watch for in the March primary election after the candidate filing period closed Dec. 13.

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 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 suspected disenfranchisement of minority voters.

Below are the primary races for the state House, state Senate and congressional districts representing the Southwest 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 19


Democrat:

• Pam Baggett

Republican:

• Justin Berry

• Nubia Devine

• Ellen Troxclair

District 45

Democrat:

• Jessica Mejia

• Angela Tia Angie Villescaz

• Erin Zwiener*

Republican:

• Michelle M. Lopez

District 47

Democrat:

• Vikki Goodwin*

Republican:

• Rob McCarthy

District 48

Democrat:

• Donna Howard*

District 49

Democrat:


Democrat:

• Gina Hinojosa*

Republican:

• Katherine Griffin

District 73

Democrat:

• Justin Calhoun

Republican:

• Barron Casteel

• George Green

• Carrie Isaac



State Senate




District 14

Democrat:

• Sarah Eckhardt*

District 21

Democrat:

• Judith Zaffirini*

District 25

Democrat:

• Robert Walsh

Republican:

• Channon Cain

• Donna Campbell*



Congress




District 10

Democrat:

• Linda Nuno

• Michael McCaul*

District 21

Democrat:

• David Anderson Jr.

• Coy Gee Branscum II

• Cherif Gacis

• Scott William Sturm

• Ricardo Villarreal

Republican:

• Chip Roy*

• Dana Zavorka

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 Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.

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.