Travis County District Attorney Runoff
Republican opponent: Martin Harry
Jose P. Garza is executive director of Workers Defense Project in Austin, an organization that assists low-wage workers with resources needed to improve their working and living conditions. Raised in San Antonio, he served as an assistant federal public defender in the Western District of Texas, representing people accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes. In Washington, D.C., he has served as the deputy general counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, special counsel to the National Labor Relations Board and senior policy official at the U.S. Department of Labor. An attorney, he previously served as a state and federal public defender along the Texas border.
Travis County Sheriff
Republican opponent: Raul Vargas
Sally Hernandez (incumbent) was elected Travis County sheriff in 2016. Hernandez began her career in law enforcement in 1981 in Llano, TX, as a night dispatcher. In 1988, she moved to Austin and served as a deputy with the Travis County Constable Precinct 3 office. In 1992, she was hired as a sergeant investigator for the Travis County District Attorney’s office. In 2005, she advanced to chief of investigations. In 2013, Hernandez became Travis County Constable Precinct 3.
She has received the Oscar Mauzy Humanitarian Award from Texas Democratic Women, the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project’s Advocate Award, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Distinguished Excellence in Government Service Award, the Respect for Law Award from the Greater Southwest Optimist Club of Austin and the Community Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Austin. She is also a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Capital Area Law Enforcement Executive Association, Texas Jail Association, Fraternal Order of Police and FBI-LEEDA.
Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Republican opponent: Marilyn Jackson
Libertarian opponent: Erica Lockwood
Bruce Elfant (incumbent) was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He was first elected to the position in 2012 after spending 20 years as the Travis County Precinct 5 constable. He also is the county’s official voter registrar.
He has held leadership roles on the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force, U. S. Census Complete Count Committee and Community Action Network Community Council. He was named Elected Official of the Year and given the Public Innovation Award from the Central Texas Society of Professional Administrators, recognized as the Constable of the Year by the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas, received the Best Practice Award for exceptional delivery of services by the Texas Association of Counties, named Person of the Year by the Women’s Advocacy Project and honored with the Partnership Award from the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Travis County Judge
Republican opponent: Michael Lovins
Andy Brown is the founder and managing member of Andy Brown & Associates, PLLC, an Austin-based law firm. He has worked extensively in Democratic politics in Texas. In 1996, he was a field organizer for the Texas Democratic Party. He was a legislative aide to former Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney in 2001. In 2004, he served as campaign manager for Congressman Lloyd Doggett. He was Travis County Democratic Party chair from 2008 to 2013.
Most recently, he has served as finance director and senior advisor to Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Colorado College and The University of Texas School of Law. He is fluent in Spanish and spent time living and working in Costa Rica, Honduras, Chile and Argentina. He serves on the boards of the Central Texas Media Foundation and The Sobering Center Austin, which he helped establish.
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3
Republican opponent: Becky Bray
Ann Howard is former executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), an alliance of more than 50 governmental and non-profit groups working to transform the local response to homelessness. Previously, she served as board chair of Center for Education, Development and Nutrition, which merged with Any Baby Can, a non-profit serving children and families. She also has served as chair of One Voice Central Texas, a coalition of social service agency executive directors.
Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master’s of Public Affairs and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. While at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Law School, Howard focused on juvenile court reform with Barbara Jordan. She served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Joe Biden, where she worked on criminal justice reform. Howard later represented teens in the Travis County juvenile courts as a private defense attorney.
Travis County Attorney
Delia Garza, Austin’s mayor pro tem, has been on the council since 2015, representing District 2 in Southeast Austin. Her current term expires in early 2021. Garza, a former Austin firefighter, left the Fire Department in 2007 to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law. She returned to Austin after graduation with a law degree and served as an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division of the Texas attorney general’s office. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Garza is the chair of the Regional Affordability Committee and vice chair of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors. She has also served on the Health and Human Services Committee, Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee and Mobility Committee. She has served on Hermanos de East Austin, the Dove Springs Recreation Center Advisory Board, the Capital City A&M Club Scholarship Committee, and the City of Austin’s Charter Revision Committee.
Precinct 3 Constable
Stacy Suits has been Precinct 3 constable since January 2017. Previously, he was chief deputy constable from 2001 to 2012, and was Precinct 5 constable from 1982 to 1992. Suits has an Associate of Arts degree from South Texas Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from the University of Texas at Austin.