With deep roots in Austin and the Texas Democratic tradition, Sarah Eckhardt has been making life better for Travis County families over 15 years of public service. In the County Attorney’s office, she secured protective orders for family violence victims and defended the community’s interests against polluters. In 2006, she prevailed in a hard-fought contest to serve as Travis County Commissioner for Precinct 2, a position she held until this spring, when she stepped down and announced her campaign for Travis County judge.
“One of Travis County’s most respected elected officials” according to The Austin Chronicle, Sarah has led the way and championed Central Texas values on nearly every issue to come before the Commissioners Court. Some of the highlights of her service to Precinct 2 and Travis County include:
Mobility: As vice-chair of CAMPO, Sarah has helped get Travis County moving by expanding our transportation options, advocating for an affordable network of sidewalks, bike lanes, buses and rail as well as roads.
Environment: Sarah has helped punish polluters of Hamilton Pool, prevented the destruction of irreplaceable green spaces such as the Balcones Canyonland Preserve, helped bring thousands of acres into the Travis County parks system, and led the way to protect the region’s water and energy resources.
Economy and equity: Sarah has fought to level the playing field for Travis County taxpayers and working families — opposing expensive, unnecessary giveaways for Apple and Formula One, securing higher wages for construction workers, and helping relieve the property tax burden on our most vulnerable neighbors.
Sarah Eckhardt learned public service and a commitment to Central Texas from her mother Nadine — aide to Lyndon Johnson and Molly Ivins, as well as a mother of four — and her father, the late Congressman Bob Eckhardt. She’s continuing the tradition with her own family, raising her children in Austin public schools while serving on the Commissioners Court and teaching at the University of Texas.