Sally Hernandez wins Travis County sheriff’s race

Joe Martinez, left, Republican candidate for Travis County sheriff, and Sally Hernandez, Democratic candidate at right. (Campaign Photos)
Joe Martinez, left, Republican candidate for Travis County sheriff, and Sally Hernandez, Democratic candidate at right. (Campaign Photos)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Democrat Sally Hernandez won the race for Travis County sheriff Tuesday night, following a commanding lead in early voting totals.

The first numbers of election night showed Hernandez leading 62 percent to 31 percent. “I’m excited that the Travis County residents have come out and overwhelmingly voted for a more progressive Travis County Sheriff’s Office,” Hernandez said. Incumbent Sheriff Greg Hamilton was not seeking reelection.

The race has focused on the issue of Austin’s “sanctuary city” status. Hernandez vowed before the election to stop cooperating with federal immigration officials at the county jail.

“I am going to treat everybody fairly and equally,” she said Tuesday night. “Voters say they want a much more progressive ICE policy that doesn’t break up families and keeps our family safe.”

Her opponent, Republican Joe Martinez, said if elected sheriff, he would continue to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by holding and handing over people who come to this country illegally.

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