AUSTIN (KXAN) — Delia Garza beat Laurie Eiserloh in the Democratic runoff election for Travis County Attorney. However, since no one ran as a Republican candidate, the winner of the runoff will likely replace current county attorney David Escamilla.
Laurie Eiserloh received 42% of the vote (77,655 votes) while Garza received nearly 39% (71,716 votes) in the March primary. Because neither received more than 50%, they met again in the July 14 runoff.
Garza turned the table in the runoff election to win the spot with 67,063 votes (56.8%). Eiserloh improved to 43.2% (51,053 votes), but it wasn’t enough to beat the current Mayor Pro Tem.
Escamilla had endorsed Eiserloh and she currently works in his office as an assistant county attorney. Both she and Garza also served as assistant attorneys general in Texas and after three years Garza ran for Austin City Council.
In an emailed statement at 11:32 p.m., Eiserloh congratulated Garza and wished her the best. She also thanked her campaign team, volunteers, supporters and family. She said she was disappointed with the results but vowed to “continue to work in our community to make it a better place for all.”
“I also extend my sincere gratitude to the Travis County community for their support and engagement during the campaign,” Eiserloh said. “It has been a great honor to work with so many amazing people and create a shared vision for Travis County. Although these may be difficult times for so many in our community, I have great faith that we will get through these times and emerge even stronger.”
Garza spoke to KXAN Tuesday evening, saying she was “cautiously optimistic” about the early voting results.
“From the results so far, it seems like our community was like, ‘We’re not satisfied with the status quo. It’s time for change. It’s time for bold change. It’s time to stop doing things the same way we do them all the time in electing somebody in the office to become the leader of the office,'” Garza said. “And, I feel like that is the message that Travis County has sent so far in the results that we’ve seen, is that they really believe that it’s time for dramatic change and not incremental change.”
According to the county’s website, the county attorney:
- Prosecutes misdemeanor crimes
- Obtains protective orders for victims of domestic violence
- Obtains involuntary commitments for certain mentally ill persons
- Advises the elected officials of Travis County regarding their official duties