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Shea wallops two opponents in Early Vote

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Former City Council Member Brigid Shea took a commanding lead tonight with nearly 65 percent of the Early Vote over her two opponents, Garry Brown and Richard Jung. Out of 7,173 votes cast, Shea had 64.94percent. Jung was a distant second with 19.56 percent and Brown had 15.5 percent.


Veteran political consultant Peck Young said he was not surprised. “She’s got more resources she’s got more everything,” it takes to win, he said.


Shea entered the Precinct 2 race with the most name recognition, having served as an Austin City Council member from 1993 to 1996, and run unsuccessfully for Austin mayor in 2012. She is active in the environmental movement and co-owns Carbon Shrinks LLC, an environmental consulting practice. She is also a co-founder of the Save Our Springs Alliance.


Not surprisingly, she campaigned largely but not exclusively on environmental issues, though she also honed in on property tax reform. She outraised her opponents by a considerable margin, bringing in $273,000 by the last reporting deadline. She has been endorsed by State Sen. Kirk Watson, former Ag Commissioner Jim Hightower, the Sierra Club, the Austin Firefighters Association and others. She was also endorsed by the American Statesman and the Austin Chronicle.


Jung is a political newcomer but has experience as both an attorney and business executive in the Austin area. He was CEO of an international semiconductor service company, but now runs a small legal practice in immigration law. 


He campaigned on solving the region’s transportation problems, improving the local education system; and helping the middle class survive the economic downturn. He also wants to try and bring businesses and the environmental community together to develop plans for water conservation.


Jung raised $196,000 for his race, drawing a mix of contributions locally and from around the state and nation.


Brown is a veteran of Democratic politics in Central Texas, having worked for Congressman Lloyd Doggett, former Travis County Commissioners Karen Huber and the Travis County Democratic Party. He currently serves as Public Relations Director for Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez.


He campaigned on increasing productivity at Travis County, creating a county-wide fire service and fostering economic development and job creation in the county. He was endorsed by the Travis County Sheriffs Officers Association, several Democratic groups including the Stonewall Democrats of Austin, Northeast Travis County Democrats and others. He was supported by former State Rep Valinda Bolton, former Commissioner Karen Huber and Nelda Wells Spears, the former Travis County Tax Assessor Collector. That was not enough.


Brown raised about $48,000 for the race.

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