Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says she won’t run for reelection

Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After nearly 35 years as the Travis County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvoir said she’s ready to “pass the baton.”

DeBeauvoir said Friday she won’t run for reelection when her term ends in 2022. She did so a day before the filing period opens for candidates who want to run for county-wide office.

“Because I am not planning to pursue another term as Travis County Clerk, I wanted to announce my plans before the filing period begins,” she said in a press release. “I am hopeful that the tradition of professionalism, integrity and a strong commitment to voter access will continue to be the hallmark of this office.”

During an interview Friday with KXAN, DeBeauvoir said she intended to run for another term, but then her mind changed on Election Day last week.

“As much as I love my job and as much as I love elections, I just made a final decision on that day,” she explained, “so it was kind of at the last minute that I wanted to go and do international elections, and I wanted to do some volunteer work nationally on [election] audits and some other things. That’s what made me change my mind and decide, OK, I think I’m going to call this maybe my last election or my next to last election.”

DeBeauvoir was first elected as the county clerk in 1986 and has been reelected eight times. She said she plans to “participate in efforts locally, nationally and internationally to preserve, protect and further develop voter rights and vote security.”

DeBeauvoir’s decision not to run again also comes after state Republican lawmakers approved an overhaul to Texas’ voting rules earlier this year. She said approval of that law, which many Democrats argued would make it harder for people to vote, did not factor into whether she wanted to continue as the chief elections official in Travis County.

“Fighting for the rights of voters has always been a part of this job, and it always will be,” DeBeauvoir said. “The next county clerk will have to defend the rights of voters. It will always be that way. I congratulate the next county clerk, and I hope he or she has a spine because it’s always going to take some effort to make sure that voters are taken care of.”

A KXAN investigation into allegations against DeBeauvoir obstructing poll watchers during the 2020 election revealed that a Texas Supreme Court filing stated she agreed to no longer lock poll watchers into a ‘media room’ and away from the Central Counting Station. In December last year, the Secretary of State also recommended the Texas attorney general to launch a criminal investigation into Travis County’s handling of poll watchers.

DeBeauvoir said she was “falsely accused of subverting the work of poll watchers,” adding that she was “no billed” to face any charges related to this investigation.

“I was found innocent of all those false accusations, and I dressed my people in hazard suits so that they would not be infected [with COVID-19] because that was the purpose was to threaten them,” she said. “I think for the future we will find that those efforts are going to offend voters and that we won’t see much of that in the future. That’s the best thing we can hope for is voters will start sticking up for themselves and that we won’t see much of that bad behavior. That’s the best we can hope for and that the next county clerk will show as much spine to defend people who are working in the polling places.”

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