Voters Guide: Travis County General and Special Election, November 3, 2020

President/Vice President: Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence
This is a no-brainer. If you love the United States of America (and I do) then this is the only possible choice.

United States Senator: John Cornyn
Not my favorite Senator, but this cycle the R team is the only one which can be allowed to hold power.

United States Representative, District 17: Pete Sessions
Again, the R team must have power. The only viable alternative is the D team, and they have officially gone full leftard. They forgot the rule: “You never go full leftarded”.

Railroad Commissioner:
James “Jim” Wright – Please vote for Mr. Wright. His messaging has improved dramatically from the primary when I was rather ‘meh’ about him, to sounding rather like the only candidate who is actually suited and qualified for the position.
Chrysta Castaneda – Right off the bat she gives me a bad vibe from looking at her, strike 1. The first sentence on her campaign website is a lie, strike 2.  Flaring methane is the cleanest thing you could do, far cleaner than trying to store it on-site or build a pipeline to ship small amounts!. That she is bent out of shape about it means she is waaaaaaay off base, so strike 3. Next.
Matt Sterett – Seems to be unaware of his own internal cognitive dissonance (I’m for freedom we should let them frack/I’m against flaring it’s harmful) which is hardly a suprise for someone on a Libertarian ballot.  Thinks control of compliance with rules should be “PUNTED” to the courts because he’s against regulators having power.  Why even run for this position then, buddy?  Next.
Katija Kat Gruene “First, no new pipelines” from a lady who wants to oversee an industry that must necessarily, constantly, have new pipelines? A kook. Next.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court:
Nathan Hecht – I have repeatedly previously endorsed Justice Hecht and do so again this year.
Amy Clark Meachum – From her website: [she] is running to become the first woman ever elected Chief Justice … because Texans want … judges with integrity and common sense – Sounds pretty sexist tbh. No thanks. Says she wants to bring new thought and balance to the Republican dominated court.  Piss off with that.  Go away. Preferably, retire from your current bench and be peaceful where you don’t inflict damage on my State with this kind of thinking.
Mark Ash – Since 2012 he has been running for a seat on the highest court having never been a judge at all, and pretty much with no discernable campaign presence at all. So . . . still “No”, Mr. Ash.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6, Unexpired Term:
Jane Bland – Vote for Justice Bland to remain on the court! She was appointed by a governor I support, after a career as a judge that seems to be a set of valid qualifications. family and church woman. No discernible campaign but I’m not sure how much of one the incumbent should need in this case. 
Kathy Cheng – in 2018 I said “the front page of her website is a list of endorsements by racist groups.  And she’s not a Texan.  No thanks.” And this year, she’s jumped on the “the court is unfair because it’s all Republicans” bandwagon.  No thanks, again.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7:
Jeff Boyd – Again: an incumbent who doesn’t have a good reason to replace him should stay. Keep Justice Boyd on the court!
Staci Williams – presents as a decent candidate until you look at her endorsements.  the Democrat party folks and the LGBT folks endorsing the D party person is one thing. Her having the BLM endorsement on her campaign website is automatically disqualifying.  Next!
William Bryan Strange III – Once again (as in previous years) I am not sure from his campaign’s online presence this is a real live person. You have to at least TRY, Bill!

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8:
Brett Busby – Let’s keep Busby on the court! Another recent appointee by a Governor I support, and this time it’s a solid judge who happens to share my philosophy on judgin’: The law means what it says so rule on that
Gisela D. Triana – Also at least a judge, which is more than you can say for several candidates for the Court this year.  But although she may be qualified, she leans more toward ‘interpreting laws’ rather than ‘rule on what it says in the law’ which is the wrong direction to be leaning. Also she is on the ‘balance the court by being from a different party’ bandwagon, which is poor.  No thanks, not this year.
Tom Oxford – not a judge and with no campaign? Hard pass.
Read this, regarding this race. I think it seems to sum it up well:

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3:
Bert Richardson – Without a compelling reason to remove him, a sitting incumbent judge gets my vote again.  N.B.: He issued a ruling *against* the Republican Governor at one point, which goes to show that the whole “Republicans filling the courts means they’re biased” bandwagon is way off base.
Elizabeth Davis Frizell – Maybe she’s a good judge IDK. She doesn’t seem insane. But if your opening line against a decent incumbent is “I want to be the first (race) (sex) person on the court”, that’s a mark against you from me. Not this year, EF. And here it is again, with the partisan/racist groups supporting the D candidate.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4:
Kevin Patrick Yeary – Please keep Judge Yeary on the TCCA.  A sitting judge without much in the way of complaints against him should generally stay.
Tina Clinton – Being elected in Dallas is hardly a ringing endorsement for a Conservative like me.  She said she has more experience than anyone in this race . . . including presumably the guy who has been sitting on this Place for the last six years (so that was a * lie). Belongs to a couple of racist organizations so that’s not great.

Judge, Court of Criminals Appeals, Place 9:
David Newell – Please keep Judge Newell on the TCCA also. The court has been doing well since he got there, let’s keep him there.
Brandin Birmingham – Yet another Dallaser. Dallasian? Dallasite?  Anyway, elected in Dallas.  He claims to be running to bring qualities to the court that already exist in Judge Newell, who also happens to have experience on the court and knows the current docket.  Next!

Member, State Board of Education, District 10
Tom Maynard – I have been endorsing Mr. Maynard since 2012 when I started writing voter guides.  Refer to my old notes for the reason I’m still for him.
Marsha Bernett-Webster – Okay I’m not saying it’s a 100% guarantee that a woman is a screeching harpy, but a hypenated last name is a huge big red flag. Just saying. Also she looks insane but maybe that’s only her face and she can’t help it. But what she can help is that a) she seems to be running against the injustices that have already been stamped out of society by now and b) she is against public funding for charter schools.  F this lady she can go take a long walk off a short pier.  My own babies got a solid education instead of going to crap schools only because charter schools are publicly funded.  FIX YOUR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE COMPETITION.  I didn’t even need to read past this in her campaign materials. That’s enough to disqualify her.
Trip Seibold – Doesn’t understand things properly. Doesn’t know that our morality is from the Judeo-Christian tradition. Is not against teaching ‘gay is okay, you can change your gender’ type nonsense to impressionable chilren(!) this guy needs to join Madame Bernett Webster on her walk. PLEASE leave this guy out in the cold from this Board!

Chief Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District
Jeff Rose – Yet another incumbent who has not been a problem – Please keep Justice Rose on the Court! He is doing a good job without complaints against him, there is no reason to replace him.
Darlene Byrne – Happily accepts the endorsement of the typical D team racist groups. great. She is running to (as she puts it) move to the next phase of her career as a judge. Notably NOT because she’s going to do better than Mr. Rose in this same position. It is impossible for her to have more experience than he, who has been on this seat for many years. Versus an experienced incumbent, she is the lesser candidate by far.

District Judge, 460th Judicial District
Geoffrey Puryear – The incumbent if only just, he says a judge should interpret and apply laws, not make them.
Selena Alvarenga – Says we need Justice Reform.  Which does not sound especially like something a Judge should say- maybe she should be running for the legislature, instead?

District Attorney, 53rd Judicial District
Martin Harry – Am I biased because he was in my Navy, or am I biased because he wants to protect individual liberties and resist an over-burdensome government? Either way, this looks like a party-line race. If you like the R team then you’ll like Mr. Harry.
Jose Garza – . . . and if you like the D team then you’ll be for Mr. Garza. He  worked for the Obama administration, is all about the immigrants, etc. No thank you, sir.  At least he is claiming to want to fix the mistakes of the outgoing DA Moore, so that’s good since he’s the D candidate which means he will likely win in this left-leaning area.

County Judge, Unexpired Term
Michael Lovins – I’m supporting Lovins but I doubt he’ll win. This seems likely to be a party-line vote in solid-blue Travis.
Andy Brown – If you like what the less-insane parts of the D team are doing then you’ll like  a lot of what his campaign has to say.  He seems to care, and to have his finger on the pulse of what needs to be done in the County – but also pitches healthcare as a right and demands environmental justice.  So not necessarily the kook fringe on main street, this one, but you can see it from standing on his shoulders.

Judge, County Court at Law No. 9
Kim Williams – The incumbent judge gets a heavy hand on the scale at election time. This is no exception . . . 
Christopher David . . . and it helps Judge Williams that Mr. David seems to be a Candidate in Name Only.  Pro tip, once again, like the last election, for the Libertarians: HAVE A CAMPAIGN if you want to be elected!

Raul Vargas – I hope you will join me in supporting Mr. Vargas for Sheriff.  A career cop who (unlike his opponent) wants to see laws actually enforced.  Bonus for him to be running against a clown like Sally!
Sally Hernandez – Sanctuary Sally? No. Thanks. Literally a random person off the STREET would be better than this woman as our Sheriff!

County Tax Assessor-Collector
Marilyn Jackson – She seems to be running out of outrage and a demand for increased transparency, which is fine as far as it goes, but she is running against a seemingly-commpetent incumbent who already took care of the problem she is upset about.
Bruce Elfant – May just be an 80% candidate for me. Seems to be doing a decent job as the incumbent.
Erica Lockwood – Again we find a Libertarian without a visible campaign presence online. Why do you to this, L team?

County Commissioner Precinct 1
Both of these people support Project Connect which means both of them are disqualified from holding any elected office, ever.  Hard pass from me. I won’t be voting in this race for either of them.
Solomon Arcoven 
Jeffrey Travillion 

Tons of unopposed positions going to Democrats. Come on, Republicans, stand up and be counted!

City of Pflugerville Council Member Place 2
Ceasar Ruiz – By default, it’s Ruiz.
Victor To – at 24, still TOO YOUNG to be on a city Council. Doesn’t seem to understand children in schools don’t spread covid, while old people are at risk from each other!

Council Member Place 4
Bob Reichenbach – I know this man. He’s an engineering mind and a Good Christian outlook on things. And he’s against all the deficit spending. PLEASE support Mr. Reichenbach!  Did not vote to raise our taxes as much as possible.
Rudy Metayer – now Chaiman of a race-based organization as well as sitting on several other such boards.  Pass, AGAIN. Apparently a Catholic. “Humbled” to be awarded together with the idiot Stacey Abrams, which is almost a disqualification in its own right. Still I haven’t heard anything bad about him since he went on to the council in 2017 and ‘no news is good news’ they say.  But I know and trust Bob.

Council Member Place 6
David Rogers – did not vote to increase our taxes literally as much as possible.
Jim McDonald – wanted to increase our taxes literally as much as possible?  Yeah . . . no. Both of these seem like reasonable candidates but this sort of thing means it’s time for fresh blood on the Council.

City of Pflugerville Bond Election
Proposition A
The issuance of $101,700,000 bonds by the City of Pflugerville, Texas, for  transportation projects for City intersection improvements, City neighborhood street reconstruction, Immanuel Road, FM 685 corridor improvements, SH 45 frontage roads, Kelly Lane, Pfluger Farm Lane North, Main Street, Central Commerce Drive, Picadilly Drive, Weiss Lane extension/realignment with Cameron Road, East Pflugerville Parkway and East Pecan Street. Taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.
Vote AGAINST this!  Stop borrowing money. Against. Against again!

Proposition B
The issuance of $42,300,000 bonds by the City of Pflugerville, Texas, for parks and recreation projects for trail improvements, neighborhood parks, land acquisition, Lake Pflugerville, 1849 Park, and destination play space. Taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.
Vote AGAINST this!  Stop borrowing money. Against. Against again!

Proposition C
The issuance of $47,300,000 bonds by the City of Pflugerville, Texas, for a recreation and senior center. Taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.
Vote AGAINST this!  Stop borrowing money. Against. Against again!

School Board Trustee Election, Pflugerville ISD – none of these people have discernible online campaign presences, so there are demerits all around on that point.
Board of Trustees Place 6
Larry D. Bradley – The incumbent who doesn’t have much the the way of negative reporting? Seems like a shoo-in from VFD
Jean Wade Mayer – seems to have been aggrieved that her child’s program was moved.  That doesn’t seem like a reason to place a person from a cosmetics company in place of a long-time incumbent.  Self-described “huge” fan of Justice Ginsburg is a red flag too.  She’s agitating for antiracist vs. just not-racist which means she is a closeted racist and soft-headed besides.  That makes two in this Trustee election (see note for Torres, below) which makes the choice easy for me.

Board of Trustees Place 7
Cynthia Gee – having served in rural school districts is commendable seeking this role. Slight preference to Gee this time.  
Charlie Torres – Wants to have the dear children represented “by someone who looks like them” – so either a racist or soft-headed about diverrrrrrsity and either way not great for leadership for our schools. Next.

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