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Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza won the county attorney seat on Tuesday night, with opponent Laurie Eiserloh conceding late in the evening. There is no Republican candidate in the race.


Garza will take over the office led by retiring County Attorney David Escamilla, who held the position for 17 years.

Like Jose Garza, Delia Garza was considered to be the more progressive candidate in the Democratic primary.


Currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem and council representative for District 2, in Southeast Austin, Garza is a former firefighter and attorney who campaigned on a platform of reducing racial disparities in the local jail population and ending cash bail.

Last week, she tweeted that, if elected, she would drop all charges against people who protested against police violence in Austin.

Eiserloh has worked as an assistant county attorney since 2010 and campaigned on a 13-point plan that included climate change accountability, expanding access to substance use treatment and 24/7 magistration.

The county attorney prosecutes misdemeanor crimes, which are responsible for the majority of jail bookings in Travis County.

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