Quick Election Round-Up: Local

Travis County results

County Commissioner Margaret Gomez
County Commissioner Margaret Gomez (photo by John Anderson)

Here’s tonight’s local election highlights in the party primaries. We’ll start with Democratic results, since that’s the dominant party in Travis County. All results are with 100% of the vote counted.

• 201st District Court Judge incumbent Jan Patterson paid hard for pissing off the county’s Democratic establishment (look up our previous coverage). She took only 32% of the vote, falling hard to young challenger Amy Clark Meachum.

• Pct. 4 County Commissioner Margaret Gomez fended off a challenge from former Austin City Council Member Raul Alvarez surprisingly easily with 53%.

• In the 299th District Court, Mindy Montford (45%) and Karen Sage (37%) emerged from a four-way field and are headed for a run-off.

• Former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is losing badly in his bid for lieutenant governor, but he won big here, with 68%.

• 147th District Court: Cliff Brown (71%) over Bill Gammon.

• 331st District Court: David Crain (78%) over Keith Lauerman.

• County Court at Law No.3: John Lipscombe (53%) over Olga Seelig.

• Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4: Yvonne Williams (72%) over Daniel Bradford.

• JP, Pct. 2: Karin Crump (76%) over Fidel Acevedo.

• JP, Pct. 5: Herb Evans (74%) over Richard Glasheen.

On the GOP side:

• As expected, Congressmen Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith easily swatted their challengers. Ditto for John Carter in Williamson County. In Dist. 25, Donna Campbell (71%) won the right to challenge the likely unbeatable Democratic incumbent, Lloyd Doggett, over George Morovich.

• In the battle to challenge Democratic Dist. 47 state Rep. Valinda Bolton, there will be a runoff between Holly Turner (36%) and Paul D. Workman (39%).

• In House Dist. 50, Patrick McGuiness (60%) beat out Ryan Lambert and will face incumbent Dem Mark Strama.

• Debra Medina did even better in her gubernatorial bid here (22%) than statewide (18%).

• SBOE Dist. 5 challenger Tim Tuggey surprisingly did no better here than throughout the district as a whole, as archconservative incumbent Ken Mercer won in a landslide.

• In SBOE Dist. 10, Brian Russell – seen as the fundamentalist candidate – did even better here (40%) than districtwide (35%).

• JP, Pct. 3: Mike Barre (52% over Madeleine Connor) will face incumbent Susan Steeg.

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