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Annie’s List is proud to endorse Sally Hernandez for Travis County Sheriff. Hernandez bring 34 years of experience in law enforcement, building community partnerships which work to prevent crime and keep families and neighbors safe in Travis County.

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Hernandez started her career in Llano and has lived in Austin for nearly 30 years. In 1981, she started working with the Llano County Sheriff’s Office as a night dispatcher. Hernandez worked at night so that she could take care of her child with special needs during the day.

In the late 1980’s into the early 1990’s she worked as a Travis County deputy in the Constable’s Office Precinct Three and then as a Sergeant Investigator for former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

Hernandez was promoted to Chief of Investigations in 2005, a leadership position she held until she was elected as Constable. As Chief Investigator, Hernandez helped build strong trial teams made up of investigators, prosecutors and victim counselors who worked together to bring justice and promote safety. Hernandez made it a point to build a diverse team from different social backgrounds and with expertise in different areas of the law in order to best serve a diverse community.

Hernandez received her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Edward’s University and later went on to get certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and earned an Education Master Peace Officer Certification.

On January 1, 2013 Hernandez became the 25th woman Constable, out of 750, in Texas when she took office as Travis County Constable Precinct Three. She decided to run for Constable because the citizens of Southwest Travis County and the local law enforcement agencies in that area had lost trust in the office. As Constable, Hernandez continues to build strong teams. Her motto is “bridging the gap.” It is on every patch and every heart and mind of every member of Precinct Three.

Hernandez is the only candidate in this race who is an elected law enforcement officer and has successfully managed two county law enforcement agencies – Chief of Investigation for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and Constable for Precinct Three. Hernandez has managed offices, balanced budgets, and has a proven ability to rebuild trust in our community.

Hernandez can win! Because of the positive results she has created in law enforcement Hernandez is the only candidate in this race who has been recognized by the Austin Police Department, Sunset Valley Police Department, and Bee Cave Police Department for her outstanding service and partnership.

Hernandez has been endorsed by AFSCME Local 1624, Austin Young Democrats, Black Austin Democrats, Central Labor Council, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (HBAA), North by Northwest Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin.

She is running a smart, strategic campaign, and can win this race.

Not only highly qualified, Hernandez is the only woman running in this race.

The Travis County Sheriff ’s office is an important seat. The office administers a $164 million annual budget, oversees 1,600 full time staff and guides and enforces policy for law enforcement in Travis County.

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The Annie’s List team completed a new strategic plan to guide the organization through 2020. A strategic and enhanced focus on local races is one primary outcome of the planning. Annie’s List welcomes Sally Hernandez, candidate for Travis County Sheriff, to the ranks of endorsed candidates.

Annie’s List is a statewide political organization dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas by recruiting, training, supporting and electing progressive women to elected offices. Since its founding in 2003, Annie’s List has contributed over $4.5 million, trained thousands of women and helped elect and re-elect 25 progressive women to office.