Travis Redistricting on Deck

Commissioners debate redrawing of precinct boundaries

Travis Redistricting on Deck
Photo by John Anderson

Redistricting battles aren't just for the Legislature; the Travis County Commissioners Court took up the topic at its Tuesday meeting. After taking input at previous public hearings, consultants presented a commissioners map that would have its biggest effects in precincts 1, 2, and 3 (represented by Ron Davis, Sarah Eckhardt, and Karen Huber, respectively). Basically, Eckhardt would give up Pflugerville to Davis, while a good chunk of far West Austin (including Steiner Ranch) would switch from Huber to Eckhardt. Huber, although absent from the meeting, presented an alternate map that would move precincts 101 and 106 in far east Travis from Davis to Precinct 4's Margaret Gomez. Several East Austinites, apparently motivated by an email from Davis, showed up to speak against that map and support either the consultants' map or Davis' own submission. Some speakers asked that Precinct 1 be kept exactly as it is, arguing that redistricting should be not merely about population numbers, but also about East Austin's history. Eckhardt countered: "Redistricting cannot be about sitting commissioners. It must be about the next 10 years. ... While we certainly want to preserve our history, we don't want to do it at the expense of our current circumstances." The court also discussed constable and justice of the peace districts but took no action.

Got something to say on the subject? Send a letter to the editor.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 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  

More Travis County Commissioners Court
Travis County Declares an Opioid Crisis
Travis County Declares an Opioid Crisis
The declaration comes with funding for harm reduction

Lina Fisher, June 3, 2022

The Gloves Come Off in Travis County Precinct 4 Race
The Gloves Come Off in Travis County Precinct 4 Race
Primary contest between Margaret Gómez, Susanna Ledesma-Woody heats up

Lina Fisher, Jan. 28, 2022

More by Lee Nichols
From the Music Desk
From the Music Desk
On Willie, Billy, Stevie Ray, Blaze, and more highlights from four decades of covering Austin music

Sept. 3, 2021

Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015


Travis County Commissioners Court, redistricting

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

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