Doggett asked Austinites for their vote in his run for the new District 37 seat at the site of Bryker Woods Elementary, where he attended as a kid. Getting choked up, Doggett said he has always wanted to be back representing "a united Austin."
The new district, which is one of two the state earned after a population boom seen in the 2020 Census, "packs" the Democrat vote into one instead of "cracking" it. The proposed congressional map, put together by Republican lawmakers, has gained criticism for manipulating district boundaries that threaten Hispanic control when half of new residents are Hispanic identifying.
Doggett has been serving in Congress since 1995, representing District 35 (East Austin to San Antonio) since 2010. District 37 closely resembles a district Doggett has previously represented.
"I'm in Congress today, not only because of neighbors from Dove Spring... but because people in San Antonio, San Marcos, Kyle and Lockhart, they had confidence in me... I will never forget their confidence and will continue to vigorously represent both their individual and community concerns."
In Congress, he said his goals remain to:
- protect democracy
- strengthen healthcare access
- respond to the climate crisis
- reform the immigration system
- promote educational opportunities
- make sure Austin concerns are addressed
Initial endorsements for his candidacy include 1,000 Travis County citizens. Among those citizens are state senators, Travis County commissioners, Mayor Steve Adler and six council members.
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Come later tonight, Texans will officially know who will be on the ballot for the November general election.
In Texas, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to be elected. In the March primaries where the top candidate only received a plurality of votes, a runoff is being held. Voters will decide on the candidates to represent their party in the November general election. Just like the March primaries, voters will choose which party they'd like to vote in. Then based on location, each ballot will show which races are in a runoff.
Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls.
Know before you go
The registration period for this election has passed; check if you're registered to vote here.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.
You'll need a valid photo ID to present once you're at a polling location.
Here is where you can vote in Travis County.
View wait times at polling locations here.
Races to watch in Travis County:
- Republican: Incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won his primary in March.
- Democratic: Mike Collier and Michelle Beckley are vying to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot.
- Republican: Incumbent AG Ken Paxton is fighting for his seat against George P. Bush.
- Democratic: Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworski will face off to be the Democratic candidate in this race.
View all the statewide races on the ballot here.
U.S. House of Representatives
View the district you live in here.
- Republican: Incumbent Chip Roy won his primary in March.
- Democratic: Claudia Andreana Zapata and Ricardo Villarreal are hoping to secure this vote.
- Republican: Dan McQueen and Michael Rodriguez are going head to head to be the Republican candidate in this race.
- Democratic: Former Austin council member Greg Casar won this race in March.
- Republican: Ellen Troxclair and Justin Berry are vying to be the Republican candidate in this race.
- Democratic: Pam Baggett won her primary in March.
A big-money bird has been stolen from a northwest Austin pet store.
Kelsey Fernandez, the owner of a $6,000 sulphur and citron-crested cockatoo named Lemon Grab, said the emotional support animal was taken from the Gallery of Pets store, around closing time on Sunday.
"I've struggled with mental illness my entire life, and ever since I got him I've been doing so much better," Fernandez told Austonia.
The $6k cockatoo is young and will starve unless he is fed by hand, Fernandez said.
In a surveillance video, a man appears to have something under his shirt as he and two others exit the business around the same time the store believes that Lemon Grab was stolen.
Fernandez said a report has been filed with the Austin Police Department with an $1,000 reward for his return.
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