Austin Chronicle Endorsement

Of the five candidates competing to succeed retiring incumbent Ron Davis – stepping down after 18 years representing the northeast Travis County precinct – Travillion has distinguished himself as the person with the strongest perspective and the widest range of experience to best address the challenges in this quickly changing precinct. He's had a long career as a state and city administrator, has worked for years on countywide issues (especially education), and has performed important advocacy work in the state NAACP and on behalf of area voters – defending fair representation and the Voting Rights Act against GOP anti-minority and anti-Austin gerrymandering. Of his opponents, attorney James Nortey is a formidable candidate, and we anticipate supporting him in future campaigns. Newcomer Marc Hoskins also shows substantial promise; returning candidates Richard Franklin III and Arthur Sampson have still not persuaded us of sufficient qualifications to hold a commissioner's seat. We believe Travillion is best prepared to represent Precinct 1 on the County Court.

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