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Election Update, 12/7/09

Dukes files, WilCo GOP primaries pick up speed

By Richard Whittaker, 10:58PM, Mon. Dec. 7, 2009

White Turner: The only GOP House hopeful in Travis Co. (so far)
White Turner: The only GOP House hopeful in Travis Co. (so far)

With the bulk of the media and political attention still concentrating on the governor's race, it's still worth remembering that there are down-ballot races. With corporate attorney Holly White Turner handing in her paperwork, Travis County now officially has a Republican House hopeful.

Today's only big local filing was Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, who had her paperwork ready but was busy last week with her new daughter, Leila.

Outside of Travis, the big Central Texas news remains that Republican Ben Bius has filed his challenge to returning Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, confirming a potentially ugly primary. Meanwhile, Georgetown Republican Rep. Dan Gattis' House District 20 seat has drawn three GOP filers (surgeon/businessman Charles Schwertner, former comptroller's office employee Patsy Williams, and former Cedar Park mayor pro tem Stephen Thomas), ensuring a WilCo GOP primary free-for-all.

So who has filed for what so far in Travis? (* denotes incumbent)

State and Legislature
Senate District 14 Kirk Watson* (D)
House District 46 Dawnna Dukes* (D)
House District 47 Holly White Turner (R)
House District 48 Donna Howard* (D)
State Board of Education District 10 Rebecca Osborne (R)

Judicial
District Judge, 147th Judicial District Clifford Brown (D)
District Judge, 201st Judicial District Jan Patterson (D)
District Judge, 250th Judicial District John Dietz* (D)
District Judge, 299th Judicial District Karen Sage (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #2 Eric Shepperd* (D)
Judge, County Court at Law #6 Brandy Mueller (D)
Judge, County Probate Court #1 Guy Herman* (D)

County
County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir* (D)
County Treasurer Dolores Ortega* (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Karim Crump (D)
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