Other Races Worth Watching

In addition to CD 10 and the judicial races, the spring primary ballots will have some other races to watch; here are some we're aware of, with the filing deadline still almost two months off.

Travis Co. tax assessor-collector: Nelda Wells Spears (incumbent) vs. Glen Maxey – surprisingly, the sexiest race on the primary ballot is for this fairly obscure office. See our previous coverage of this contest at austinchronicle.com.

Travis Co. Democratic Party chair: Andy Brown vs. Fidel "Ace" Acevedo. With Rosie Mendoza's graceful exit from what had been a rare three-way contest for chair, Brown, with his proven fundraising abilities, appears to have the race locked up.

Railroad commissioner: Art Hall vs. Dale Henry.

Congressional District 31: No primary race, but Austin-raised Brian Ruiz, now living in Hutto, is challenging GOP incumbent John Carter. Ruiz's father is a familiar name in Austin politics – Abel Ruiz is a past president of the Greater Aus­tin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and challenged state Rep. Glen Maxey for his seat back in 1996.

Albert Gonzales, president of the Southwest Austin Democrats, says he is considering a run against Republican Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty.

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  

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

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

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