Spectrum News will have continuing coverage throughout the 2016 race, covering local and national races all the way up to Election Day. Keep track of Central Texas candidates vying to become the next county sheriff, city council member, or House/Senate representative.

Three GOP Candidates Make Plans for Restoring Bastrop County
In a county that's experienced disaster after disaster, three GOP candidates who want to be the next Bastrop County Commissioner of Precinct One believe they can help its future.Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12:03 PM EST
Bastrop County Precinct 3 Candidates to Focus on Roads
Residents of Bastrop County are feeling the effects of growth and an aging infrastructure. Precinct Three covers the southwest part of the county and there are three candidates in the Republican primary.Updated Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 06:49 PM CST
Bastrop Co. Sheriff Candidates Tout Law Enforcement Experience
Two candidates with long law enforcement backgrounds are running for Bastrop County Sheriff. Democrat Mike Renck and Republican Maurice Cook are separated on the ballot by D's and R's, but both candidates say their respective experience is what makes them the best candidate. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM EDT

Bexar County Sheriff's Race Pitting Experience Against Politics
Democratic challenger Javier Salazar and Republican incumbent Susan Pamerleau are running against each other to become the next Bexar County sheriff. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 07:17 AM EDT
Three in the Running for Bexar County Commission Pct. 3 Seat
It is more than 350 square miles, stretches across three city council districts, and is one of the fastest growing parts of Bexar County. A lot of the growth happened under Republican incumbent Kevin Wolff's watch, who is seeking a third term.Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 04:42 PM CDT
District 57 Incumbent Judge Goes Up Against Political Newcomer
In a few days, Bexar County residents will cast their votes and elect the next Judge for the 57th District. One candidate is seeking re-election, but the other is a newcomer to politics. Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 06:40 PM EST
Three Candidates Campaign to Win 131 District Court Seat
For the first time in more than 20 years the 131 District Court seat is up for grabs and there are three Democratic candidates vying for the nomination. Experts say a variety of legal experience could make a difference in the race.Monday, February 1, 2016 at 06:22 PM EST
Three Candidates Vie for District 175 Judicial Seat
A judicial seat is opening up in District 175 and three candidates are hoping to fill it. But first, the two Democrats will go head-to-head in the March primary.Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 08:21 PM CST

Laura Parker

Carlos Quezada

Arcelia Trevino

Jan Ischy-Prins

Frank J. Castro

Ray J. Olivarri

Leslie Sachanowicz

Milton Fagin

Virgil Yanta

Angelica Jimenez

Gabe Quintanilla

Kristal Cordova Thomson

Frances V. Dunham

Lauro A. Bustamante

Rosie Alvarado


Candidates Seek to Add Conservative Voice to Caldwell County
As it stands, the court is controlled by Democrats. Both men are longtime Lockhart residents who also have their own businesses, and they also say education and road maintenance top their list of priorities if they're elected.Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 07:31 PM CST
Caldwell County Precinct 3 Has Two GOP Candidates Vying for the Seat
Since 2005, Neto Madrigal has been the face of Caldwell County's Precinct 3. Now, two GOP candidates are vying for his seat.Monday, February 8, 2016 at 09:24 AM EST
Three Candidates Vie to Replace Retiring Caldwell County Judge
Three candidates, one Republican and two Democrats, are in the race for the 421st district judge seat. The two Democrats will face-off on March 1 and must win the election to move on to the November race. Lawyers Andi St. Leger and Charles R. Kimbrough say they want to give back to the Lockhart community.Monday, February 8, 2016 at 06:13 PM CST
Caldwell County Sheriff Incumbent Faces Opponent
Two lawmen will face off this November for the title of Caldwell County Sheriff. Ray Chandler, a Republican, is trying to unseat the incumbent sheriff, Democrat Daniel Law.Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 08:44 AM EDT

Two Republican Candidates Seeking Comal County Precinct One Seat
Donna Eccleston, who lives in the Canyon Lake area, is running for re-election as Comal County Commissioner in Precinct One. Opponent and political newcomer, Garrison Maurer wants change in the Precinct one district. Monday, February 8, 2016 at 08:46 AM EST

Two Republicans Hope to Clinch Southern Hays County
Rob Roark is running against current Commissioner Will Conley for Hays County Precinct 3. Conley is in his third term as commissioner for the southern portion of Hays County.Updated Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:20 PM CST
Five Candidates Vie for San Marcos Mayor
San Marcos is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., and now five candidates are running to guide the expanding city as mayor. Within the crowded field is a lifelong resident, a mayor pro tem, and a few businessmen. The main issue among the candidates is growth and how San Marcos will handle that growth as it moves into the future.Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 08:36 PM EDT

Decision 2016: Austin Decides Council Forums
Council seats up in November include District 2 in far Southeast Austin, District 4 in Central and North Austin, District 6 in Northwest Austin, District 7 in Central and North Austin, and District 10 in West and Northwest Austin. Hear from the representatives in each district in the Spectrum News City Council Forum. Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM CDT
Travis County Precinct 1 Candidates Address Growth and Neglect
Five candidates are facing off in the Democratic Primary for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 1. Each candidate explained how he plans to respond to rapid growth and years of neglect.Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:36 PM CST
Travis County Precinct 3 Candidates Hope to Represent Republican Party
Both Gerald Daugherty and Jason Nassour hope to represent the Republican Party for this year’s Travis County Commissioners Court election. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 06:02 PM CST
Two Candidates Vie for 345th District Court Judge Position
The race for an open judge seat in Travis County is heating up. Two candidates say they're running because of their Democratic values.Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM EST
Two Democrats Seek District 427 Judge's Seat
Two Democratic candidates want to take the bench in the District 427 Criminal Courtroom in Travis County. Monday, February 8, 2016 at 07:24 AM CST

Five Candidates in the Race to Become WilCo Precinct 1 Commissioner
Five people have thrown their hats in the ring to become Williamson County’s next Commissioner for Precinct 1. They all agree the main focus should be on the region’s growth and the county’s billion dollar debt.Friday, January 29, 2016 at 05:51 PM CST
Williamson County Commissioner Race Focuses on Infrastructure, Spending
The race in Williamson County for Commissioner of Precinct 3 is underway and incumbent Valerie Covey faces Matt Heaton in the Republican primary.Monday, February 1, 2016 at 06:48 PM EST

Terence Davis

Ryan Larson


Dawnna Dukes' Challengers Discourage Voting Straight-Party
Four candidates are on the ballot for Texas House District 46, but the likely winner says she'll step down before the next legislative session begins.Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 05:10 PM CDT
District 47 Candidates Tackle School Finance
Three candidates are facing off for Texas House District 47. That area includes the western part of Travis County. As our Carlos Garcia reports, school finance is a major topic of discussion among all three candidates.Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 06:09 PM EDT
Democrat, Libertarian Vie for Texas House District 49 Seat
The race is on for one of Austin's coveted House seats with longtime Democratic State Representative Elliott Naishtat retiring. He was first elected back in 1990. After a seven-way primary race among Democrats - two candidates are now on the ballot, a Democrat and a Libertarian. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 07:59 PM CDT
Familiar Versus New: District 50's Celia Israel to Face Ceasar Ruiz
For the past 2 years, Rep. Celia Israel has been the face of Texas House District 50. Her opponent Ceasar Ruiz believes the people of Dist. 50 are lacking the representation they need. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 06:17 AM CDT

Chris Byrd

Doug Miller

Kyle Biedermann

Rep. Laura Thompson Takes on Barbara Gervin-Hawkins for Dist. 120 Amid Controversy
The Bexar County Democratic Party wants Rep. Laura Thompson's name removed from the November ballot, contesting Thompson’s signature campaign as invalid.Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 08:38 AM EDT
2 Democrats Fighting For Senate District 19 Democratic Seat
State Senator Carlos Uresti is out of the hospital and hitting the campaign trail. Madla says she's running to better represent District 19's constituents.Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 07:58 AM EST
Six Republicans Fighting For District 24 Seat
The next leader of Senate District 24 has big shoes to fill. Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM CST
Two Senate District 26 Candidates Face Off for Second Time
State Senator Jose Menendez is calling the shots for his second Senate District 26 run. Last February during the district's special election run-off race, Menendez scored a knockout against fierce opponent Trey Martinez-FischerThursday, January 28, 2016 at 08:40 PM CST
Three Candidates Vie For District 10 Seat
For the past 12 years, Congressman Michael McCaul has represented Texans from Austin all the way to the Houston suburbs. And while the Republican seeks his seventh term in office, our Stef Manisero introduces us to the two other candidates who say it's time District 10 sees a fresh face. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 06:25 PM CDT
Three Candidates Hope to Unseat Rep. Smith in District 21
Four candidates are going head to head, hoping to represent Texas District 21 in the US House of Representatives. As Carlos Garcia reports, every candidate shares one thing in common: they say they know what's best for voters of district 21.Friday, October 28, 2016 at 06:01 PM EDT

Incumbent vs. former seatholder - Will Hurd (R) seeks a second term in this hotly contested Congressional seat against former Rep. Pete Gallego (D). Libertarian Ruben Corvalan is also seeking placement in this district.

Hurd Receives Support From Governor Ahead of Rematch with Gallego in House District 23 Race
Dozens of supporters and volunteers greeted Texas Governor Greg Abbott Saturday as he pledged his support to Republican congressional incumbent Will Hurd.Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 09:23 AM CDT
Pete Gallego Reaches Out To Veterans In Congressional Bid
Former Congressman Pete Gallego wants the support of veterans as he campaigns to regain his congressional seat.Friday, September 16, 2016 at 08:28 PM CDT
Democrat, Libertarian Hope to Unseat GOP Incumbent in 25th Congressional District
Libertarian Loren Schneiderman and Democrat Kathi Thomas are challenging incumbent Republican Roger Williams for Texas' 25th Congressional District. Monday, October 24, 2016 at 07:36 PM CDT
Democrat Looks to Unseat Longtime Incumbent in US House District 31 Race
A Central Texas Democrat has his eyes set on a seat a Republican has held in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. Mike Clark is challenging Congressman John Carter in Texas' 31st Congressional District. Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 01:24 PM PDT
Doggett Facing Three Candidates For District 35 Seat
Incumbent Congressman Lloyd Doggett is taking on three opponents this election season.Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 06:57 AM CDT


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