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Stonewall Democrats of Austin Announces Endorsements for 2020 Primary Election

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The Stonewall Democrats of Austin hosted their 2020 Primary Candidate Forum and Endorsement Meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in the Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center in East Austin.

All candidates who sought the chapter’s endorsement were required to submit answers to its Candidate Questionnaire. Responses for all the candidates were posted to the Stonewall Democrats of Austin’s website and are available for public review.

According to the standing rules for endorsement:

A 60% vote of eligible members present and voting shall be required for the endorsement of any candidate. Should no candidate receive 60% of the votes cast in a particular race, a dual endorsement will result if two candidates receive more than 40% of the votes cast and there are more than two candidates in that race.

The meeting resulted in endorsements for thirty of the races considered. No candidates in seven of the races where endorsements were sought met the threshold.

Those include the race for the U.S. Senate where twelve Democrats are competing in the primary to face the incumbent Senator John Cornyn in November. Seven of those twelve sought the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin. Cornyn is also facing a challenge from within his own party with four Republicans running against him in the primary.

Another federal race where there was no endorsement was for Texas’ 31st congressional district, currently held by Republican Representative John Carter. Three of the six declared candidates sought endorsement in the primary to challenge the incumbent who has held the seat, which covers Williamson County and parts of Bell County, stretching from North Austin to Temple, since its creation in 2004. MJ Hegar, who is running for U.S. Senate this year, came closest to unseating Carter in 2018, losing by less than three percent. The Cook Political Report categorizes the district at ‘Lean Republican’.

FEDERAL

U.S. Senate

  • U.S. Senate – NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Chris Bell, Amanda Edwards, Annie Garcia, MJ Hegar, Sema Hernandez, Cristina Tzintzun Ramierez and Royce West

U.S. House of Representatives

  • U.S. Representative TX-31: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Eric Hanke, Donna Imam and Dan Janjigian

STATE

Railroad Commissioner

Supreme Court of Texas

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4: Tina Clinton
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9: Brandon Birmingham

Texas Court of Appeals

Texas District Courts

  • 53th District Court: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Maria Cantu Hexsel and Kennon Wooten
  • 460th District Court: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Selena Alvarenga and Amy Meredith

State Board Of Education

  • Texas State Board of Education District 5: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Letti Bresnahan

Texas Senate

Texas House of Representatives

COUNTY

Travis County Attorney

Travis County Commissioners Court

Travis County Constable

  • Travis County Constable Precinct 1: Tonya Nixon
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 2: Adan Ballesteros (Incumbent)
  • Travis County Constable Precinct 4: George Morales III (Incumbent)

Travis County Court of Law # 4

  • Travis County Court at Law #4: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Tanisa Jeffers, Margaret Chen Kirchner and Dimple Malhotra (Incumbent)

Travis County District Attorney

  • Travis County Attorney: NO ENDORSEMENT
    The following candidates submitted responses to SDA’s Candidate Questionnaire: Jose Garza, Erin Martinson and Margaret Moore (Incumbent)

Travis County Sheriff

Travis County Tax Office

  • Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector: Bruce Elfant (Incumbent)

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