Travis County: 2022 Primary Elections Results
Two challenges to take over seats on the Travis County Commissioners Court fizzled as incumbents won out on election night.
Del Valle ISD Trustee Susanna Ledesma-Woody led longtime Precinct 4 Commissioner Margaret Gómez after early voting and two rounds of Election Day results came in.
After 10 p.m., just 42 votes separated the two, with Ledesma-Woody in the lead. Then Gómez secured her seat after two favorable rounds of returns, beating Ledesma-Woody by just 219 votes, according to the county clerk's unofficial election night count. Gómez has held the seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court since 1995.
Ledesma-Woody said Wednesday morning she's asking for a recount. State law allows for recounts if an applicant's differential is within 10% of the winner's overall total. Ledesma-Woody lost by 219 votes, which is 2% of the Gómez's overall total 10,948 votes.
Incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Brigid Shea also fended off a challenge from progressive activist Bob Libal, who formerly headed up the nonprofit Grassroots Leadership. Shea led Libal comfortably all night after the early voting totals came in, beating him by more than 15,000 votes, according to the county clerk's final count.
There's no Republican challenger in either race, so both Gómez and Shea will retain their seats on the Commissioners Court.
In a text to KUT on Wednesday, Libal said he was "deeply proud" of his campaign and that he looked forward to working with Shea on reforms to Travis County's criminal justice system. Libal strongly opposed Travis County's plan to build a new women's jail — a plan Shea has supported since it was first recommended to county leaders in 2016.
"I want to congratulate Commissioner Shea on a well-run campaign. We spoke last night and agreed to work together on transformational criminal justice reform in Travis County," he said. "I told Commissioner Shea she has my full support in continuing to build boldly progressive climate change policy in Travis County."
Dyana Limon-Mercado, the head of Planned Parenthood’s political arm in Texas, easily beat out Kurt Lockhart for the Democratic nominee to succeed Dana DeBeauvoir, who retired as county clerk earlier this year. Limon-Mercado garnered 78,633 votes to Lockhart's 16,331. She will face Republican Susan Haynes in November.
Much of the ballot was already set before Election Day.
All told, 19 candidates for county offices ran unopposed in the primaries — including races for county judge, treasurer and district clerk.
Republicans fielded just three candidates for countywide offices, including Rupal Chaudhari for Travis County judge. Chaudhari, who’s been a vocal opponent of Austin’s decision to buy the Candlewood Suites for people transitioning out of homelessness, will face incumbent Andy Brown in the general election.
Democrat Dolores Ortega Carter was the only candidate running for county treasurer, a position she's held since 1987. Longtime Travis County District Clerk Velva Price, also a Democrat, ran unopposed as well.
Republican Cleve Doty was the only GOP candidate for any of Travis County’s judicial seats. He’ll face Democrat Laurie Eiserloh in the race for the 455th District Court seat.
For a full rundown of county races, see the results below. Winners are bolded. If a candidate doesn’t get at least 50% of the vote, the top two finishers will go to a runoff. Candidates can also request a recount in certain circumstances.
The races below were updated Wednesday at 12:37 a.m.
* Indicates incumbent
District criminal courts
District Judge, 147th Judicial District
Democrats: Cliff Brown*
District Judge, 299th Judicial District
Democrats: Karen R. Sage*
District Judge, 331st Judicial District
District Judge, 403rd Judicial District
Civil district court
District Judge, 201st Judicial District
Democrats: Amy Clark Meachum*
District Judge, 250th Judicial District
Democrats: Karin Crump*
District Judge, 261st Judicial District
District Judge, 419th Judicial District
District Judge, 455th Judicial District
District Judge, 459th Judicial District
Democrats: Maya Guerra Gamble*
Civil county courts at law
Judge, No. 1
Democrats: Todd T. Wong*
Judge, No. 2
Democrats: Eric M. Shepperd*
Criminal county courts at law
Judge, No. 3
Democrats: Bianca Garcia
Judge, No. 4
Judge, No. 5
Judge, No. 6
Judge, No. 7
Democrats: Elisabeth Earle*
Probate court judge
Democrats: Guy Herman*
Democrats: Velva L. Price*
Democrats: Dolores Ortega Carter*
Travis County commissioners
Justices of the peace
Democrats: Randall Slagle*
Democrats: Sylvia Holmes*
Democrats: Raúl Arturo González*