Endorse-o-Rama 2010

Travis Co. Dem clubs backing White, Gilbert, favor Earle for lite guv

Endorse-o-Rama 2010

Call it political speed dating. Last night the various assembled Travis County Democratic clubs gathered for their mass combined candidate forum. It was a meet-and-greet with 36 candidates in 13 races at the Millennium Youth Complex, to schmooze and work out endorsements and, in some cases, hear candidates' names for the first time. So who won who over?

The headline numbers first: Bad news for Farouk Shami, who traveled all the way up to Austin with bumper stickers and free t-shirts galore, then got blown out by former Houston Mayor Bill White's clean sweep (Shami's sometimes off-the-wall answers to some questions bode ill for his performance at his Feb. 8 debate with White.) In the lite guv race, former Travis County DA Ronnie Earle took the endorsement edge over union favorite Linda Chavez Thompson, while an absentee Kinky Friedman was annihilated by Hank Gilbert in the ag commissioner race.

Downballot, Rebecca Bell-Metereau becomes the front runner for State Board of Education place 5, while John Lipscombe locked out Olga Selig in County Court at Law #3. The four-way fight in the 299th district court seemed to thin out a little bit with Karen Sage coming out ahead and Mindy Montford still in contention. The big upset may be in the precinct 4 county commissioner race, where incumbent Margaret Gomez trailed behind her challenger ex-council member Raul Alvarez.

Of course, these endorsements can often weigh as much as a feather in the grand scheme of primary races. The one thing they can indicate is who is capable of getting the part activists on their side. The kind of people who turn up to such events are the kind of people that block-walk and phone-bank in November.

Full results courtesy of the good folks at Burnt Orange Report, who were brave and bold enough to stick around to the bitter (and very late) end.

Governor
Bill White: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Lt. Governor
Ronnie Earle: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, TED (dual)
Linda Chavez-Thompson: CCYD, NETCO, TED (dual)

Ag Commissioner
Hank Gilbert: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Land Commissioner
Hector Uribe: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

State Board of Education, District 5
Rebecca Bell-Metereau: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

147th District Court
Cliff Brown: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

201st District Court
Amy Clark Meachum: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

299th District Court
Mindy Montford: CAAAD, TED (dual)
Karen Sage: ATD, BAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED (dual)

331st District Court
David Crain: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

County Court at Law #3
John Lipscombe: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Travis County Commissioner, Pct 4
Margaret Gomez: BAD
Raul Alvarez: ATD, CAAAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Justice of the Peace, Pct 1
Yvonne Williams: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, NETCO, TED
Daniel Bradford: CCYD

Justice of the Peace, Pct 2
Karin Crump: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Justice of the Peace, Pct 5
Herb Evans: ATD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

Key: ATD Austin Tejano Democrats; BAD Black Austin Democrats; CAAAD Capital Area Asian American Democrats; CAPD Capital Area Progressive Democrats; CCAD Circle C Area Democrats; CCYD Capital City Young Democrats; NETCO Northeast Travis County Democrats; TED Texas Environmental Democrats (Austin)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Elections
Early Voting Locations and Voter ID Info
Early Voting Locations and Voter ID Info
Find your nearest polling location and know what to bring with you

Oct. 14, 2019

Here's What's on the Nov. 5 Ballot in Austin
Here's What's on the Nov. 5 Ballot in Austin
A quick guide to the propositions you'll be yea-ing or nay-ing

Sarah Marloff, Oct. 11, 2019

More 2010 Primaries
Who's in the House?
Who's in the House?
Quick hits on the House run-offs around the state

Richard Whittaker, April 15, 2010

201st Court: Meachum Runaway
201st Court: Meachum Runaway
Patterson's Perry links scupper her district court plan

Michael King, March 3, 2010

More by Richard Whittaker
Alamo Drafthouse Reunites <i>Lord of the Rings</i> Cast
Alamo Drafthouse Reunites Lord of the Rings Cast
Austin cinema chain shares exclusive Q&As with global theatres

March 4, 2021

Bigger, Badder ... Couchier? ATX TV Expands for Second Virtual Year
Bigger, Badder ... Couchier? ATX TV Expands for Second Virtual Year
Celebration of TV returns and adds new membership program

March 4, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Elections, 2010 Primaries, Election 2010, Democrats, Travis County, John Lipscombe, Olga Seelig

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle