Community Impact: Eckhardt, Shea, Gomez to serve on Travis County Commissioners Court

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November 4, 2014

7:38 PM

Updated 12:30 p.m. CST

According to final unofficial results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt has won the race to be the next Travis County Judge.

With 247 of 247 polling locations reporting, Eckhardt took 62.1 percent, or 160,982 votes. Republican Mike McNamara took 33.04 percent, or 85,650 votes. Libertarian Richard Perkins took 4.86 percent, or 12,585 votes.

Unofficial results show that Democrat Brigid Shea has won the race for the Precinct 2 commissioner seat. Shea took 62.22 percent, or 45,553 votes. Republican Raymond Frank took 31.58 percent, or 23,120 votes. Libertarian Steven Haskett took 6.2 percent , or 4,541 votes.

Incumbent Democrat Margaret Gomez was re-elected to another term with 83.28 percent, or 33,965 votes. Libertarian Joseph Morse took 16.72 percent, or 6,818 votes.

Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated midnight CST

According to the latest unofficial results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt appears likely to win the race to be the next Travis County Judge.

As of 11:54 p.m., with 247 of 247 precincts reporting, Eckhardt took 62.27 percent of the vote, or 151,425 votes. Republican Mike McNamara took 32.93 percent of the vote, or 80,064 votes. Libertarian Richard Perkins took 4.8 percent of the vote, or 11,673 votes.

Democrat Brigid Shea appears likely to join her on the dais. Shea took 62.21 percent of the vote, or 40,637 votes. Republican Raymond Frank took 31.72 percent of the vote, or 20,722 votes. Libertarian Steven Haskett took 6.06 percent of the vote, or 3,961 votes.

“I am honored to be a commissioner elect,” She said. “I will work every day [to show] that they made the right decision in voting for me.”

Incumbent Democrat Margaret Gomez was re-elected to another term with 83.21 percent of the vote, or 33,558 votes. Libertarian Joseph Morse took 16.79 percent of the vote, or 6770 votes.

Gomez could not be reached for comment.

Posted 7:25 p.m. CST

According to early voting results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt is closer to becoming Travis County’s first female judge.

Eckhardt has received 62.93 percent of the vote, or 88,149 votes, according to early voting results. Republican Mike McNamara has received 33.39 percent, or 46,779 votes, and Libertarian Richard Perkins has received 3.68 percent, or 5,157 votes.

Eckhardt may be joined on the dais by Democrat Brigid Shea, who has 62.42 percent, or 24,840 votes, of early votes in the race for the Precinct 2 commissioner seat. Republican Raymond Frank has received 32.48 percent, or 12,923 votes, and Libertarian Steven Haskett has received 5.1 percent, or 2,029 votes.

“I think the voters really responded to the focus that I brought to fixing the broken property tax appraisal system,” Shea said. “I was encouraged at how many [Austin] City Council candidates also picked up the issue.”

Incumbent Democrat Margaret Gomez cruised to an early lead in her race for the Precinct 4 commissioner seat. She has received 84.95 percent, or 18,590 votes. Challenger Joseph Morse, a Libertarian, has received 15.05 percent, or 3,293 votes.

Members of the Commissioners Court serve four-year terms.

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