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DeBeauvoir running for reelection
Thursday, June 24, 2021 by Jo Clifton
Dana DeBeauvoir, who has served as Travis County Clerk since taking office in 1987, told the Austin Monitor she intends to run for reelection next year. In addition to conducting elections, the Travis County Clerk’s Office manages court records for the probate court and county courts at law, maintains official deed records, issues marriage licenses and keeps track of minutes of the Travis County Commissioners Court. DeBeauvoir is a staunch Democrat and any viable opponents she might have would have to run in the Democratic primary next March. DeBeauvoir has been an advocate for advanced voting machines, including the type the county currently uses that provide a paper record. Her last run for reelection was in 2018, at which time her only opponent was a Libertarian. She has served with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems as a consultant preparing for elections in Bangladesh (1995), Sarajevo, Bosnia (1996), and Pristina, Kosovo (1999); and as a United Nations elections observer at the 1994 election in South Africa. One other candidate, Kurt Lockhart, has announced his intention to run for the clerk’s job in the Democratic primary. Lockhart’s emphasis is on voter registration, which in Travis County is handled by Bruce Elfant, the tax assessor-collector and voter registrar. Elfant recently reported that 97 percent of those eligible to vote in Travis County had been registered.
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