Election Coverage: Judicial Races: Dem Sweep Appealing

Court of Appeals seats go big-time to the left

Travis County Judge Gisela Triana in 2015
Travis County Judge Gisela Triana in 2015 (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Judicial races in Travis County all went as planned – mostly uncontested, and all to Dems – and Republicans rolled as expected at both the state Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, but there's movement afoot in the 14 appellate courts, where 31 of 32 contested races went to Dems, and 17 GOP incumbents lost. That includes a clean sweep of the 3rd Court, which oversees cases in Travis County. GOP judges Cindy Olson Bourland, Scott Field, David Puryear, and Mike Toth (if you can call him a judge) all lost by at least five points, to Edward Smith, Chari Kelly, Thomas J. Baker, and Gisela D. Triana, respectively. How drastic a change is that? In 2016 there were two 3rd Court of Appeals seats on the ballot; Republicans took both uncontested.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 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 November 2018 Election
Point Austin: The Work Goes On
Point Austin: The Work Goes On
A mixed election bag nationwide, but real reasons for optimism

Michael King, Nov. 9, 2018

Public Notice: Decision Day?
Public Notice: Decision Day?
Best of luck to all of us this coming Tuesday

Nick Barbaro, Nov. 2, 2018

More by Chase Hoffberger
More Drama for Dusterhoft
More Drama for Dusterhoft
Complaint alleges APD commander procured drugs

Nov. 12, 2018

City Hires New Fire Chief
City Hires New Fire Chief
Recently retired chief in Atlanta moves west

Nov. 9, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

November 2018 Election, Edward Smith, Chari Kelly, Thomas J. Baker, Gisela D. Triana

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

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