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Hernandez teases “big announcement” in December

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

As expected, December could usher in a big change in the heretofore quiet race for Travis County sheriff. Precinct 3 Constable Sally Hernandez has revealed that she will make a “big announcement” on Dec. 3 at El Mercado in downtown Austin. Hernandez has been expected to join the sheriff’s race for several months. She has remained silent for so long due to a state law that requires certain officeholders with at least a year and 30 days left in their terms to resign their current position if they choose to seek another one. In the meantime, a draft campaign has been dutifully raising Hernandez’s profile, and the noncandidate has appeared at several forums with declared candidates Todd Radford, John Sisson and Don Rios. Another potential contender, Sheriff Greg Hamilton, also appeared at those forums. According to the Facebook page announcing Hernandez’s event, the constable has also spent the past few months meeting with organizations and leaders in local law enforcement. “I have listened to people both inside and outside the criminal justice system, and I believe that together we can build partnerships to prevent crime and make our community safer,” Hernandez wrote. “We must address concerns like mental health reform, immigrant communities, assault family violence assistance, and truancy prevention partnerships.”

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