AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt officially launched her 2014 race for county judge Wednesday, which means she'll have to resign her current post.
Eckhardt, a Democrat who has represented the northern tier of the county in Precinct 2 for six years, made the announcement in her mother's backyard in Central Austin.
Eckhardt has a long history in civic and political affairs, and an even longer political pedigree. She's the daughter of the late former Congressman Bob Eckhardt, who served in Washington during the middle 1960s through 1980. Her mother, Nadine Eckhard, was an aide to Lyndon Johnson when he served in the Senate.
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"Serving as Travis County's executive for all of our diverse communities requires seasoned leadership, an expert knowledge of issues and the ability to negotiate with powerful interests – this is not a job for beginners," added Eckhardt.
Sarah Eckhardt lives in Central Austin with her husband Kurt Sauer, also an attorney, and her two children Hank and Nadine.
Eckhardt must vacate her current post as soon as a replacement is named and seated.
Former state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos had flirted with a run for the Democratic nomination for county judge earlier this year but decided against it. No Republican has announced for the post yet.
Sub-freezing temperatures are forecast to continue in many areas through Sunday morning. Combined with an overrunning moisture pattern and upper level disturbance, some light freezing drizzle or sleet may form Saturday into Sunday morning.
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Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.