AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ann Howard won against Valinda Bolton for the chance to compete to replace the Travis County Commissioner seat that covers the western part of the county.
Howard and Valinda Bolton received 48% and 30%, respectively, of votes in the March primary. Because neither received 50% of the vote, the race to fill the Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3 seat went to a runoff.
Howard earned 20,365 votes for 65.2% to Bolton’s 10,850 votes for 34.8% to win.
KXAN spoke to Howard, who said the initial results were “unbelievably good” and that she’s grateful to the voters on Election Day.
“I’m excited about, you know, not being a lone decision maker but being able to harness that energy and commitment of the community to make the place better for all of us — a great place to grow up and grow old,” Howard said.
Bolton sent a statement just after 9 p.m., thanking her donors, supporters and volunteers.
“I’m thankful that I got the chance to meet so many of the people of Travis County,” Bolton said. “I’m more confident than ever that our values and desires are aligned with progress, justice and a livable world for all. I’m so thankful for the vigor of our Democratic party and I’m so excited for the chance we have to win from here in Travis County up to the top of the ticket. Onward to November and to Victory.”
The victor in this race will face the winner of the Republican primary who ran unopposed, Becky Bray, in the general election.
Bolton served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked for Child Protective Services. Howard most recently was the executive director for the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition and also served on boards of Any Baby can and One Voice Central Texas and was a defense attorney.
Travis County Commissioners make policies and serve as the administrative branch of the county’s government, including setting the tax rate and allocating money throughout the county.