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. 


Screen shot of Dr. Desmar Walkes speaking
Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

The city of Austin this summer cleared four unregulated homeless encampments and shifted dozens of residents into shelters. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house thousands of Austin's homeless people taking shape, but outlook for local success, project funding still unclear

The strategy's first housing benchmark fell short in June, and updates on how the estimated $515 million needed for housing and services will be spent are overdue.

A rendering shows the new Deep Eddy Psychotherapy office coming to Southwest Austin. (Courtesy of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy)
Bubble tea, therapy and three other new businesses coming to Southwest Austin

A new salon, day care, therapy office and other businesses are coming soon to Southwest Austin.

The city is looking for feedback on its cap and stitch proposal, which is in the preliminary stages. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
City seeks input on proposals to add decks and widened bridges over I-35 in Central Austin

The proposal is in the preliminary stages, and the city is still reviewing the feasibility of locations and project funding.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Locker Room Haircuts opened a new location at 8900 South Congress Ave. in July. (Courtesy Locker Room Haircuts)
New Locker Room Haircuts comes to Southwest Austin, plus other business news

Locker Room Haircuts and three other new businesses are now open in Southwest Austin.

A volunteer unloads food from a truck during the Central Texas Food Bank's April 4 event to feed families in need at Nelson Field in Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank delivering boxes of food directly to homes through 2021

Some families will be eligible to have boxes with food for 25 meals delivered by Amazon.

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission considered a finalized draft of an updated map for Austin's 10 City Council districts Sept. 15. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Draft map of Austin's redrawn City Council boundaries ready for community review

Volunteer city redistricting commissioners have unanimously passed an initial outline to update all 10 City Council districts set to go into effect next year.

Photo of a sign in a field
3 weeks before first weekend, ACL Music Festival awaits permit, final health and safety procedures

Austin City Limits Music Festival has not yet received a permit for its multiweekend music festival, but the city of Austin said this is a normal timeline.

The Austin Transit Partnership approved a $312.8 million budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
Project Connect’s $312.8M budget receives approval for FY 2021-22

The budget will largely be spent on advancing the 30% designs for the Orange and Blue MetroRail lines.

The Davis/White Park trail will be improved through the Neighborhood Partnering Program. (Courtesy Austin Public Works Department)
City of Austin selects 4 neighborhood improvement projects to assist

The Austin Public Works department has helped complete more than 70 local neighborhood improvement projects in the last 10 years.