Hernandez wins Travis County sheriff Democratic primary

Posted at 12:13 a.m. March 2

According to unofficial voting results released after midnight March 2, Sally Hernandez has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County sheriff.

Hernandez had 50.62 percent of total votes, or 58,815 votes. The current Travis County Precinct 3 constable has said her experience includes 34 years of law-enforcement experience, and she has successfully led two county law-enforcement agencies.

“All of the issues that I’ve been talking about I’m going to continue to talk about, because they’re very important,” she said, citing diverting people from jails into mental health services and helping to end the school-to-prison pipeline as examples. She added a focus should be cultivating relationships with people of different ethnic backgrounds including immigrant communities.

“We in law enforcement face a huge challenge of rebuilding trust within these communities, and I’m going to be working really hard to help do that,” she said.

Lakeway Chief of Police Todd Radford had 21.37 percent of the vote, or 24,829 votes. Radford said he has 27 years of experience in law enforcement and has bachelor's and master's degrees in executive and strategic leadership. He focused on issues such as body cameras and mental health certifications for police officers as part of his campaign.

“I’m just very thankful for all of the people that have helped me with this process and been very supportive,” Radford said. “It has been an honor to be part of this process.”

Don X. Rios had 18.92 percent of the vote, or 21,984 votes, and John Sisson had 9.09 percent, or 10,565 votes.

Rios, who worked in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, has also worked as a SWAT team leader and received a mental health certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Sisson joined the Austin Police Department in 1978, has served as Precinct 1 constable and has earned 44 citizens commendations for service.

The unopposed Republican candidate running for Travis County sheriff is Joe G. Martinez. Martinez received 50,922 votes. Sheriff Greg Hamilton is not seeking re-election.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted at 7:10 p.m. March 1


According to unofficial early voting results released March 1, Sally Hernandez is poised to win the Democratic nomination for Travis County sheriff.

Hernandez had 48.75 percent of the votes, or 24,823 votes, followed by candidate Todd Radford with 21.98 percent of the votes, or 11,193 votes. Don X. Rios had 19.60 percent of the vote, or 9,980 votes, and John Sisson had the fewest number of early votes—4,926, or 9.67 percent.

Hernandez, the current Travis County Precinct 3 constable, said her experience includes 34 years of law-enforcement experience and has successfully led two county law-enforcement agencies. Her campaign manager, Jovita Pardo, said Hernandez was at the polls when they closed at 7 p.m.

"It feels great. Forty-eight percent [voted early for Hernandez], but 70,000 people voted today," Pardo said. "I’m very excited, but we’ll just have to see what all happens tonight."

Radford, Lakeway's chief of police, said he has 27 years of experience in law enforcement and has bachelor's and master's degrees in executive and strategic leadership.

Rios, who worked in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, has also worked as a SWAT team leader and received a mental health certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Sisson joined the Austin Police Department in 1978, has served as Precinct 1 constable and has earned 44 citizens commendations for service.

The unopposed Republican candidate running for Travis County sheriff is Joe G. Martinez. Martinez received 20,067 votes, according to unofficial early voting tallies. Sheriff Greg Hamilton is not seeking re-election.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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