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Poll shows Garza’s support
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Jo Clifton
According to poll results released by the political action committee supporting Delia Garza for Travis County attorney, the mayor pro tem has a significant lead over her three opponents in the Democratic primary. Even though Garza has not announced her candidacy, her supporters at the Progressive Justice Now PAC have been hard at work. The poll, conducted by Littlefield Consulting on Nov. 19, shows that 34 percent of likely voters surveyed would vote for Garza, former judge Mike Denton would get 10 percent of the vote, and Assistant County Attorney Laurie Eiserloh would get 7 percent. Just 1 percent of those polled said they would vote for the fourth candidate in the race, Dominic Selvera, a criminal defense attorney. But there’s still lots of work to do because 48 percent of those polled were uncertain about who they would vote for. As for Garza, she has said she would not be seeking reelection to City Council, but has held off on making an announcement about the county attorney’s seat. Section 65 of the Texas Constitution appears to say that candidates for any office other than the one they currently hold will lose their current position if they announce their intention to run for another office more than one year and 30 days prior to the expiration of their term. Longtime political consultant David Butts said Monday he’s been told Garza can make an announcement and sign up for the March Democratic primary starting this Thursday, Dec. 5. The filing deadline is Dec. 9.
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