February 9, 2018

Austin Bar/ACDLA Preference Poll Results Now Available

Members of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association chose “best qualified” candidates in six upcoming Travis County judicial races.

In a private preference poll, members of the Austin Bar Association and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association rated 15 candidates in six Travis County races who will appear on the ballot in the March primary. The purpose of the preference poll is to give the general public an opportunity to see how local attorneys evaluate their colleagues in the legal community.  The results are strictly the opinions of the individual attorneys returning their ballots and are not intended as an endorsement of any candidate or candidates by either the Austin Bar Association, ACDLA, or any affiliated organization.

Contested judicial races were included in the preference poll. For each race, Austin Bar and ACDLA members were asked to indicate which candidate they believed was best qualified to serve in the position for which he or she was running. Members did not have to vote in every race. Members cast their votes online through Ballot Box, an online polling system. Of the 3,881 eligible voters, 834 (21.5%) participated in the poll.

Candidates selected as best qualified by those who participated in the 2018 Austin Bar/ACDLA Preference Poll are:

Travis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2: Randall Slagle, with 60.8 % of votes;

Travis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3: Susan Steeg, with 32.9% of votes;

Travis County District Judge, 331st Judicial District: David Crain, with 54.9% of votes;

Travis County District Judge, 459th Judicial District: Greg Hitt, with 34.2% of votes;

Travis County Court at Law No. 3: John Lipscombe, with 44.1% of votes; and

Travis County Court at Law No. 5: Nancy Hohengarten, with 61.4% of votes.

CLICK HERE to see a .pdf with the complete results of the poll.