District 3 City Council seat runoff election updates

Only about 19% of eligible voters from District 3 voted in the July election

VICTORIA, Texas – Some Victoria voters will be heading to the polls for the third time this year. That’s because of a runoff election in District 3 for the city council seat.

Victoria voters in District 3, will head to polls on August 21 to vote for who will fill the vacant City Council seat. District 3 is made up of registered voters in Precincts 21, 25, and 33.

Jeff Bauknight originally held the District 3 City Council seat, until he forfeited it when he ran for and became mayor. This led to a crowded race of five candidates with only one of them needing to get more than 50% of the votes. We ended up with the top candidates, Duane Crocker with 42.5% of the votes, and Chad Austin Hall with almost 23% of the votes.

Voters may feel a bit fatigued after going to the polls multiple times this year but Craig Goodman, Associate Professor of Political Science at UHV highlighted just how important local city
governments are and the role voters play in that.

“They’re providing public safety, and they’re providing trash pickup, and they’re providing a whole host of public services, from parks and roads and everything else, setting our tax rates, right, and so we tend to forget about them but they’re important actors at that level”, said Goodman.

In the July 3 election earlier this summer, 2,329 voters from District 3 casted a vote, out of a total of 12,312 eligible voters, meaning only about 19% of the eligible voters voted.

Also, important to remember is that this is a non-partisan race, meaning this is a great opportunity for Victoria voters to come together to elect someone with the city being the focus, not party affiliation. The newly elected Victoria Democratic party chair Woodrow Wilson Wagner said non-partisan races are just as important as other elections.

“The most exciting part of the race is that it’s not partisan. Chad and Duane aren’t running as democrats or republicans, Chad and Duane are running as Victorians. And so, you can kind of take off all of the partisanship from it and then focus on what’s important to the people of Victoria”, said Wagner.

We also spoke with Bill Pozzi, the chair of the Victoria GOP, and he and Wagner both agreed that the two candidates running were fine choices, leaving it up to the voters of Victoria to decided if they’ll show out and vote. Click here to learn more about Duane Crocker, and here for Chad Austin Hall.

There will be plenty of options for voting in this runoff election, with early voting starting on August 4 running through the 17. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St. On the final days of the early voting, August 16 and 17, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters also have the option of voting by mail, and if eligible they have until August 10 to apply for a mail-in ballot. You can call the elections office at 361-576-0124 for any questions about voting.