sarah eckhardt http://kut.org en Brown, Eckhardt Duke it Out in Dem Primary for Travis Co. Judge http://kut.org/post/brown-eckhardt-duke-it-out-dem-primary-travis-co-judge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The retirement of longtime&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/county_judge.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;">Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has led to a spirited battle in the Democratic primary to pick his replacement.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One way to view the race is as a battle between connections and experience.&nbsp;<a href="http://voteandy.com/">Andy Brown</a>&nbsp;has the connections as leader of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.traviscountydemocrats.org/">Travis County Democratic Party</a>&nbsp;for the last few years. He's participated in multiple campaigns and raised a bunch of money for local Democratic candidates – so maybe it's no surprise that he's backed by a slew of elected officials.</p><p>"I've been endorsed by Congressman [Lloyd] Doggett, by Jim Hightower, by every single Democratic elected official who's endorsed in this race," Brown says. "I've been endorsed by the labor union that represents county employees, the one that represents teachers."</p><p>On the other side is former Travis County Commissioner&nbsp;<a href="http://saraheckhardt.com/">Sarah Eckhardt</a>, who's running on her experience.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137033491&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:29:06 +0000 Ben Philpott 9860 at http://kut.org Brown, Eckhardt Duke it Out in Dem Primary for Travis Co. Judge Democratic Candidates Square Off In County Judge Debate http://kut.org/post/democratic-candidates-square-county-judge-debate <p>Travis County will pick a new county judge this year. The county judge is like the mayor of a county, presiding over and votes in meetings of the county commissioners, where county policies and budgets are set.</p><p>With longtime County Judge Sam Biscoe&nbsp;retiring, Democratic candidates Andy Brown and Sarah Eckhardt&nbsp;will face off in the<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;March primary to replace him on the Democratic ticket.</span></p><p>When you see the candidates for Travis County Judge in action – that is – debating each other – one thing is clear – both Sarah Eckhardt and Andy Brown realize each is facing a strong contender.</p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129316608&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:56:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 9526 at http://kut.org Democratic Candidates Square Off In County Judge Debate Eckhardt Criticizes McCombs for Seeking Tax Breaks, Suing Appraisal District http://kut.org/post/eckhardt-criticizes-mccombs-seeking-tax-breaks-suing-appraisal-district <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is an excerpt from an article written by our Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Austin Monitor</a></em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;(formerly&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In Fact Daily</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">).</em></p><p>Travis County Judge&nbsp;candidate&nbsp;<a href="http://saraheckhardt.com/">Sarah Eckhardt</a>&nbsp;continued her verbal campaign against billionaire businessman&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_McCombs">Red McCombs</a>&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_406645815" tabindex="0">Thursday</span>, taking him to task for asking taxpayers to contribute millions of dollars to build the&nbsp;Circuit of the Americas&nbsp;race track but going to court to get his property tax bill on the facility lowered.</p><p>Eckhardt, a former Pct. 2 Commissioner who is <a href="http://kut.org/post/update-bruce-todd-replace-travis-co-commissioner-eckhardt">running for the top job</a> in Travis County, issued a statement criticizing McCombs – one of the developers of the Formula 1 race track – for throwing his political and financial weight around to get what he wants.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Mark Richardson 9519 at http://kut.org Eckhardt Criticizes McCombs for Seeking Tax Breaks, Suing Appraisal District