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County Judge Eckhardt staying put for now
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt confirmed Monday that, despite her official resignation, she will not be stepping down anytime soon. During a press call about the shelter-in-place order that will be officially announced today, Eckhardt said she could not have foreseen the events that have transpired since she stepped down March 10 to run for the Texas Senate. She explained that she had spoken with her presumptive replacement, former/current County Judge Sam Biscoe. “He very graciously said, I will hold off on swearing in so you can continue in as a holdover during this crisis,” said Eckhardt. More on this topic is expected at today’s meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court. As a result of the organizational reshuffling that has taken place in recent weeks to accommodate increasingly stringent regulations on public activity, Gov. Greg Abbott has postponed the special election for state Sen. Kirk Watson’s seat. The election is currently scheduled for July 14.
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