South Austin Democrats Hold Endorsement Forum

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The primary season is upon us, even if we don't have legislative maps or a primary date. That's not going to stop the eager Democratic activists of Travis County from kicking off the club endorsement season! Last night, the South Austin Democrats held their forum, and voted to endorse in several Travis County primary races.

The SAD endorsement is viewed as one of the more valuable ones to earn in Travis County, since the group has often mailed yellow postcards to Democratic voters who live south of Lady Bird Lake touting their chosen candidates. Here are the results, from their Facebook page.

    2012 South Austin Democrats Endorsements
    Tax Assessor Collector: Bruce Elfant
    District Attorney: Rosemary Lehmberg
    Sheriff: Greg Hamilton
    167th District Judge: David Walberg
    Commissioner Pct. 3: Karen Huber
    Constable Pct. 3: Sally Hernandez
    Constable Pct. 4: Maria Canchola

The 167th race initially went to a run-off between Wahlberg and Efrain de la Fuente, after no one failed to clear the 50% endorsement threshold in the first round of balloting. (Attorney Bryan Case is also in the race.) Wahlberg prevailed in the run-off.

SAD didn't endorse in the County Commissioner Precinct 1 or Constable Precinct 2 races, but to be fair, they are the South Austin Democrats, and those races are Northeast and Northwest, respectively.

Next up, the Austin Progressive Coalition will hold its endorsements a week from Saturday on February 18th. At that time Central Austin Democrats and the University Democrats will vote on the candidates of their choice. Any candidate who receives both endorsements gets the coveted APC endorsement. APC in turn will distribute thousands of fliers touting their endorsements to doors across Central Austin. This is widely considered to be one of the more valuable endorsements in the local election scene.

In other primary news, the San Antonio court moved up the date of the next hearing on redistricting/maps/primary dates from the 15th to the 14th. That's good news if you want to spend Valentine's day with your fellow redistricting litigants, I guess.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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