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Travis Co. Judge Seat Up For Grabs After 16 Years
Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 04:35 PM CST
Travis County Democrats are hoping a win in Tuesday's primary for County Judge will mean a Democrat will continue to head the Commissioners Court come November.
The County Judge heads the Commissioners Court and is elected at large, not in districts like the commissioners. They are responsible for setting the tax rate and budget, which is about $850 million. The judge also signs every contract that passes through the county.
This is the first hard fought Democratic primary battle for County Judge since 1998 when current County Judge Sam Biscoe ran and won. Biscoe is now retiring.
Andy Brown -- a former chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party-- has outpaced Sarah Eckhardt -- Pct. 2 Commissioner -- in both fundraising and endorsements.
Mike McNamara is running unopposed in the Republican primary.
Eckhart's decision to run for County Judge left her current position open. Former Mayor Bruce Todd was appointed to fill it when Eckhart stepped down, but he is not running for the job.
The front runner is Brigid Shea, co-founder of the Save our Springs Coalition and a former Austin City Council Member. The other candidates are Garry Brown, who worked as an aide to past commissioners, and Richard Jung, a lawyer and community activist.
We'll update this story as we learn the election results.
See results for other races: http://bit.ly/1lwPf4r