Chronicle Endorsements

For the Nov. 4 General Election

Here are the Chronicle editorial board's endorsements for the November 4 General Election. For a very few races (noted below as "pending"), we have not yet made an endorsement choice. Those endorsements will appear in the next print issue, and will be posted online before early voting starts on Monday, Oct. 20. See more info at



Austin City Council

Mayor: Mike Martinez

District 1: Ora Houston

District 2: Delia Garza

District 3: Sabino "Pio" Renteria

District 4: Greg Casar

District 5: Ann Kitchen

District 6: Jimmy Flannigan

District 7: Dual: Jeb Boyt/Leslie Pool

District 8: Ed Scruggs

District 9: Kathie Tovo

District 10: Mandy Dealey

Urban Rail Bond: Yes

Austin Community College

ACC Prop. 1 Bond: Yes

ACC Prop. 2 Bond: Yes

ACC Tax Rate Prop: Yes

ACC Trustee, Place 1: Mark J. Williams

ACC Trustee, Place 2: Gigi Edwards Bryant/Jade Chang Sheppard

ACC Trustee, Place 3: Nan McRaven

Austin Independent School District

At Large Position 9: Kendall Pace

District 1: Edmund Gordon

District 4: Julie Cowan

District 6: Paul Saldaña

District 7: Robert Schneider

State Offices

Governor: Wendy Davis, D

Lt. Governor: Leticia Van de Putte, D

Attorney General: Sam Houston, D

Comptroller: Mike Collier, D

Land Commissioner: John Cook, D

Agriculture Commissioner: No Endorsement

Railroad Commissioner: Steve Brown, D

Supreme Court Chief Justice: William Moody, D

SC Place 6: Lawrence Edward Meyers, D

SC Place 7: Gina Benavides, D

SC Place 8: No Endorsement

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3: John Granberg, D

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4: No Endorsement

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9: No Endorsement

State Senator, D14: Kirk Watson, D

State Senator, D25: Daniel Boone, D

State Rep. D46: Dawnna Dukes, D

State Rep. D47: No Endorsement

State Rep. D48: Donna Howard, D

State Rep. D49: Elliott Naishtat, D

State Rep. D50: Celia Israel, D

State Rep. D51: Eddie Rodriguez, D

Proposed Constitutional Amendment (road funding): Yes

Federal Races

U.S. Senator: David Alameel, D

U.S. Rep D10: Tawana Walter-Cadien, D

U.S. Rep D17: Nick Haynes, D

U.S. Rep D21: Antonio Diaz, GRN

U.S. Rep D25: Marco Montoya, D

U.S. Rep D35: Lloyd Doggett, D

Local Judicial Races

Chief Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals: Diane Henson, D

District Judge, 147th: Cliff Brown, D

District Judge, 201st: Amy Clark Meachum, D

District Judge, 250th: Karin Crump, D

District Judge, 261st: Lora Livingston, D

District Judge, 299th: Karen Sage, D

District Judge, 331st: David Crain, D

District Judge, 403rd: Brenda P. Kennedy, D

District Judge, 419th: Orlinda Naranjo, D

Travis County

County Judge: Sarah Eckhardt, D

County Commissioner, Pct. 2: Brigid Shea, D

County Commissioner, Pct. 4: No Endorsement

County Clerk: Dana DeBeauvoir, D

County Treasurer: Dolores Ortega Carter, D

District Clerk: Velva L. Price, D

County Court at Law 1: Todd Wong, D

County Court at Law 2: Eric Montgomery Sheppard, D

County Court at Law 3: John Lipscombe, D

County Court at Law 4: Mike Denton, D

County Court at Law 5: Nancy Hohengarten, D

County Court at Law 6: Brandy Mueller, D

County Court at Law 7: Elisabeth Earle, D

Judge, County Probate Court: Guy Herman, D

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1: Yvonne M. Williams, D

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2: Randall Slagie, D

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3: Susan Steeg, D

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4: Raul Arturo Gonzalez, D

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5: Herb Evans, D


Voter ID

The Texas Voter ID law was briefly overturned over the weekend, but on appeal to the 5th Circuit Court, it's been reinstated and will be in effect for this election. So...

To vote in the upcoming election, you must have either:

a Texas driver's license or ID card

a passport

a U.S. Military photo ID

a U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate with photo, or

a concealed handgun license

This ID must be current, or have expired after Sept. 6.

Texas residents who have none of those can get a free Election Identification Certif­i­cate (EIC) at any Texas Driver License office. Applicants must bring a valid voter registration card, plus proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. (For most people, that means a certified birth certificate, and one other form of official ID such as a social security card, military ID, expired driver's license, school records, car registration – there's a long list at if you're uncertain.) The EIC is free, and is valid for six years, or forever for those over 70, or maybe just until Texas' voter ID law is overturned for good. You'll get a photo receipt at the office that's valid immediately; the card itself will be mailed to you.


November 4 General Election

Early Voting: You may vote at any early voting location in the county in which you are registered.

Election Day: You may vote in your home precinct, or at any other precinct polling place in Travis County.

Voter ID: Texas law now requires registered voters to show a current photo ID issued by either the Texas Dept. of Public Safety or U.S. government. For more info on obtaining a photo ID, contact DPS: 512/424-2600 or No photo ID is required when voting by mail.

Additional election info: Travis County: 512/238-VOTE(8683),, or Williamson Co.: or 512/943-1630. Hays Co.: or 512/393-7310.


Early Voting Locations

Open Mon.-Sat., 7am-7pm, Sun.; noon-6pm, unless noted.


Fiesta Mart, 3909 N. I-35

Howson Library, 2500 Exposi­tion

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, #1020

UT Flawn Academic Center, 2400 Inner Campus Dr.

ACC Rio Grande, 1212 Rio Grande (Mon.-Fri., 8am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; closed Sun.)


Carver Museum, 1165 Ange­lina (Mon.-Thu., 10am-5:30pm; Fri., 10am-4:30pm; Sat., 10am-3:30pm, Sun., closed)

Parque Zaragoza Rec. Ctr., 2608 Gonzales

ACC Eastview, 3401 Webberville Rd. (Mon.-Fri., 8am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; closed Sun.)


County Tax Office, 15822 Foot­hill Farms Loop, Pfluger­ville

Gus Garcia Rec. Ctr., 1201 E. Rund­berg

Delco Ctr., 4601 Pecan Brook Dr.


Ben Hur Shrine Ctr., 7811 Rockwood


Randalls, 10900-D Research

Randalls, 5145 RR 620 N., Steiner Ranch


H-E-B, 2400 S. Congress

Randalls, 2025 W. Ben White

ACC South, 1820 W. Stassney (Mon.-Fri., 8am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; closed Sun.)


Daniel Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove

Fiesta Mart, 5510 S. I-35

Del Valle ISD Admin. Bldg., 5301 Ross (closed Oct. 31)


Randalls, 6600 S. MoPac

Randalls, 9911 Brodie


Randalls, 3300 Bee Caves Rd., West Lake Hills

Randalls, 2301 RR 620 S., Lakeway

Bee Cave City Hall, 4000 Galleria Pkwy.

Mobile Voting

Monday, Oct. 20

LBJ Building, 111 E. 17th, 8am-5pm

Lago Vista City Hall, 5803 Thunderbird, 8am-5pm

ACC Northridge, 11928 Stonehollow, 8am-6pm

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Asian American Resource Ctr., 8401 Cameron, 9am-5pm

Heritage Pointe, 1950 Webberville Rd., 9-11am

Lakeside Senior Ctr., 85 Trinity, 1-3pm

RBJ Residential Tower, 21 Waller, 5-7pm

West Rural Comm. Ctr., 8656-A Hwy 71 W., 9am-5pm

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Stephen F. Austin Bldg., 1700 Congress, 8am-5pm

Huston-Tillotson Univ., 900 Chicon, 8am-6pm

Town Lake Ctr., 721 Barton Springs Rd., 8am-noon

Thursday, Oct. 23

Travis Building, 1701 Congress, 8am-5pm

Englewood Estates, 2603 Jones, 8-10am

Svcs for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, 2201 Post, #100, noon-2pm

Continental Retirement Comm., 4604 S. Lamar, 4-6pm

Community Center at Manor, 600 W. Carrie Manor, 9am-noon

Southwest Key Program, 6002 Jain, 3-7pm

Friday, Oct. 24

Central Services Bldg., 1711 San Jacinto, 8am-5pm

YMCA North Austin, 1000 W. Rundberg, 8am-5pm

ACC Pinnacle, 7748 Hwy. 290 W., 8am-5pm

Saturday, Oct. 25

Ce-Bar Fire Dept., 353 S. Commons Ford, 8am-5pm

Volente Fire Dept., 15406 FM 2769, 8am-5pm

Parsons House, 1130 Camino la Costa, 8-10am

Heritage Park Ctr., 2806 Real, noon-2pm

Sunday, Oct. 26

Briarcliff POA Comm. Ctr., 22801 Briarcliff, noon-6pm

Lost Creek MUD, 1305 Quaker Ridge, noon-6pm

Westminster Manor, 4100 Jackson, noon-3pm

Monday, Oct. 27

Community Ctr. at Jonestown, 18649 FM 1431, 9am-5pm

Southeast Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing, 10am-7pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 7am-7pm

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 Hwy. 290 E., 7am-7pm

Wheatsville Co-op South, 4001 S. Lamar, 8am-7pm

ACC Riverside, 1020 Grove, 8am-5pm

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Travis Co. Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca, 8am-5pm

Emeritus at Spicewood Springs, 4401 Spicewood Springs Rd., 9-11am

Heartland Health Care, 11406 Rustic Rock, 1-3pm

Heatherwilde Assisted Living, 401 S. Heatherwilde, 8-10am

Cambridge Villas, 15711 Dessau, noon-2pm

Conservatory @ Wells Branch, 14320 Tandem, 4-6pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 7am-7pm

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 Hwy. 290 E., 7am-7pm

Wheatsville Co-op South, 4001 S. Lamar, 8am-7pm

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Travis Co. Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe, 8am-5pm

Concordia Univ., 11400 Concordia Univ. Dr. Bldg. B, 9am-5pm

Cantu/Pan Am Rec. Ctr., 2100 E. Third, 1-5pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 7am-7pm

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 Hwy. 290 E., 7am-7pm

Wheatsville Co-op South, 4001 S. Lamar, 8am-7pm

Thursday, Oct. 30

Travis Co. Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe, 8am-5pm

St. Edward's Univ., 3001 S. Congress, 9am-6pm

Summit at Westlake Hills, 1034 Liberty Park Dr., noon-2pm

Emeritus at Beckett Meadows, 7709 Beckett Rd., 4-6pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 7am-7pm

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 Hwy. 290 E., 7am-7pm

Wheatsville Co-op South, 4001 S. Lamar, 8am-7pm

Friday, Oct. 31

South Rural Comm. Ctr., 3518 FM 973 S., 9am-5pm

Summit @ Lakeway, 1915 Lohmans Crossing, 8-10am

Longhorn Village, 12501 Longhorn Pkwy., 1-3pm

Sam Houston Bldg., 201 E. 14th, 8am-5pm

Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 7am-7pm

Manor ISD Admin., 10335 Hwy. 290 E., 7am-7pm

Wheatsville Co-op South, 4001 S. Lamar, 8am-7pm


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