Here's what's on the ballot in Southwest Austin

If you live in Southwest Austin, here are the races you can expect to see on your ballot. Early voting begins Oct. 24 and Election Day is Nov. 8.

Presidential and vice presidential candidates

Hillary Clinton
Tim Kaine

Donald Trump
Mike Pence

Gary Johnson
William Weld

Green Party
Jill Stein
Ajamu Baraka

U.S. House

Texas District 21
Lamar Smith, R*
Tom Wakely, D
Mark Loewe, L
Antonio “Tony” Diaz, G

Texas District 25
Roger Williams, R*
Kathi Thomas, D
Loren Marc Schneiderman, L

Texas Senate

State senators are elected serve four-year terms.

Texas District 21
Judith Zaffirini, D
Texas District 24
Dawn Buckingham, R
Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder, D

Texas House

State House representatives are elected to serve two-year terms.

Texas District 47
Paul Workman*, R
Ana Jordan, D
Scott G. McKinlay, L

Texas District 48
Donna Howard*, D
Ben Easton, L

Texas District 49
Gina Hinojosa, D
Rick Perkins, L

Texas District 51
Eddie Rodriguez*, D
katija “kat” gruene, G


Texas Railroad Commissioner
Railroad commissioners are elected to six-year terms.
Wayne Christian, R
Grady Yarbrough, D
Mark Miller, L
Martina Salinas, G

State Board of Education
Education commissioners are elected to four-year terms.
State Board of Education, District 5
Ken Mercer, R
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, D
Ricardo Perkins, L

Supreme Court of Texas
State justices are elected to six-year terms.

Texas Supreme Court, Place 3
Debra Lehrmann*, R
Mike Westergren, D
Kathie Glass, L
Rodolfo Rivera Munoz, G

Texas Supreme Court, Place 9
Eva Guzman*, R
Savannah Robinson, D
Don Fulton, L
Jim Chisolm, G

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Appeals court justices are elected to six-year terms.

3rd Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2, Unexpired Term
Cindy Olson Bourland, R
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge, Place 2
Mary Lou Keel, R
Lawrence “Larry” Meyers, D
Mark Ash, L
Adam King Blackwell Reposa, G

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge, Place 5
Scott Walker, R
Betsy Johnson, D
William Bryan Strange III, L
Judith Sanders-Castro, G

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge, Place 6
Michael E. Keasler*, R
Robert Burns, D
Mark W. Bennett, L
3rd Court of Appeals District, Place 4
Melissa Goodwin, R

Travis County

District judge, 53rd Judicial District
Scott Jenkins*, D

District judge, 98th Judicial District
Rhonda Hurley*, D

District judge, 167th Judicial District
P. David Wahlberg*, D

District judge, 200th Judicial District
Gisela D. Triana*, D

District judge, 345th Judicial District
Jan Soifer, D

District Judge, 353rd Judicial District
Tim Sulak*, D

District Judge, 390th Judicial District
Julie Kocurek*, D

District Judge, 427th Judicial District
Tamara Needles, D

District Judge, 450th Judicial District
Brad Urrutia, D

District attorney
Maura Phelan, R
Margaret Moore, D

Judge, County Court at Law No. 8
Carlos H. Barrera, D

Judge, County Court at Law No. 9
Kim Williams, D

County attorney
David Escamilla, D

Joe G. Martinez, R
Sally Hernandez, D
Eric Guerra, L
Debbie Russell, G

Tax assessor-collector
Bruce Elfant*, D
Steven Haskett, L

County Commissioner, Precinct 3
Gerald Daugherty, R
David Holmes, D

Constable, Precinct 3
Stacy Suits, D
Constable, Precinct 4
George Morales III, D

Directors, Tanglewood Forest Limited District

Toni Logan
Enrique Alvarez
Ron G. Peterson
Catherine Rockwell
Bonnie S. McCalister
Warren T. Faulkner
Chris Battaglia

Austin Community College District

Trustee, Place 4
George Robinson
Sean Hassan
Michael J. Lewis

Trustee, Place 5
Thomas Miranda
Nicole Eversmann
Anthony Schoggins

Trustee, Place 6
Douglas Gibbins
Nora De Hoyos Comstock

Trustee, Place 9
Guadalupe “Lupe” Sosa
Mitch Fuller
Julie Ann Nitsch
Jeremy Story

Austin ISD board of trustees

Trustee, Place 2
Adolphus “Andy” Anderson
Jayme Mathias

Trustee, Place 3
Ann Teich

Trustee, Place 5
Amber Elenz
Trustee, Place 7
Yasmin Wagner

Trustee, Place 8 (At large)
David Ryan Quintanilla
Cindy Anderson

City of Austin

Council, District 2
Casey Ramos
Wesley Faulkner
Delia Garza*

Bond election
The issuance of $720,000,000 transportation and mobility improvement bonds and notes for improvements to Loop 360 corridor, Spicewood Springs Road, Old Bee Caves Road Bridge, Anderson Mill Road, intersection of RM 620 and RM 2222, Parmer Lane, North Lamar Boulevard, Burnet Road, Airport Boulevard, East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/FM 969, South Lamar Boulevard, East Riverside Drive, Guadalupe Street, Slaughter Lane, William Cannon Drive, Rundberg Lane, East Colony Park Loop Road, South Congress Avenue, Manchaca and South Pleasant Valley Road; sidewalks, Safe Routes to School, urban trails, bikeways, fatality reduction strategies, and the following local mobility substandard streets/capital renewal projects: Falwell Lane, William Cannon Overpass Bridge, FM 1626, Cooper Lane, Ross Road, Circle S Road, Rutledge Spur, Davis Lane, Latta Drive/Brush Country, Johnny Morris Road, and Brodie Lane; and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes.

City of Sunset Valley General Election

Rose Ann Cardona*
Ariel Cloud

Mickie Powers*
Walter Jenkins*
James Tessmann
Myrna Zapata
Special Election

Ketan U. Kharod
Charles Goyette
Donny Hurwitz

Proposition 1
The creation of the Sunset Valley Crime Control and Prevention District dedicated to crime reduction programs and the adoption of a proposed local sales and use tax at a rate of one-eighth of one percent.

Candidates were selected based on the elections taking place within this newspaper’s coverage area. A * indicates the incumbent. 


School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Photo of a building with solar panels on the roof
Austin Habitat for Humanity's ReStore uses discount home improvement to build communities

The store sells sustainable construction materials, clothes, appliances, jewelry, furniture and the odd novelty item.

Photo of the Sobering Center
Travis County moves forward with plans for mental health diversion program at Sobering Center

The program would divert people experiencing mental health crises away from jail and towards supportive services following low-level offenses.

Baylor Scott & White Pflugerville
Ascension, Baylor Scott & White to require all employees be fully vaccinated against coronavirus by fall

Ascension and Baylor Scott & White have announced all eligible employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming months. 

Photo of an egg dish
Kerbey Lane Cafe serves the Austin community with 'family feeling'

Since 1980, the cafe has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner at locations around the Capital City.

Austin City Council will convene for a regular meeting July 29, its first since mid-June. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council to look at downtown safety, homelessness and budgeting in return from meetings break

The first regular council meeting since mid-June features a packed agenda and opportunity for resident feedback on Austin's proposed budget.

Photo of a hand holding a vaccine vial
As COVID-19 hospitalizations track upward, Austin Public Health renews call for vaccinations

APH also mirrors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidance for vaccinated individuals to wear masks in some circumstances.

The request to table talks regarding designated campsites came one week after city staff detailed two properties that could be used for such an initiative. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ellis, Harper-Madison call for halt to Austin's 'Band-Aid' sanctioned homeless encampment plans

The East and Southwest Austin representatives shared their thoughts on the process one week after city properties in their districts were tapped as workable encampment sites.

Photo of a woman holding a Pride flag
Austin July and August events: Bat Fest, monster trucks and Pride

A variety of in-person and virtual events are happening around Austin this summer.

Photo of a house with a "for sale" sign in the front yard
A seller’s market in Southwest Austin continues to challenge homebuyers

Local experts say a "perfect storm" of construction obstacles continue to restrict home supply.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Several Southwest Austin offices included thousands of square feet of space available for sublease as of early 2021. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Southwest Austin office subleasing positioned to cool off amid return to in-person work

Southwest Austin's sublease availability more than tripled from early 2019 into 2021, although the market may be shifting away from that trend as offices are reoccupied this year.