Gearing Up for 10-1

August 7, 2014 by Kate Harrington

Political junkies take note, things are starting to get interesting in Austin’s city council landscape.

A campaign finance deadline has just passed, and the opening of formal ballot applications has just begun in the city’s first-ever single-member district council elections, which means we’re starting to get a picture of who our candidates are citywide.

Close to 70 candidates have filed, including candidates for mayor. (For a chart of candidates and the amounts they’ve raised, see this Austin American-Statesman candidate search tool).

A few districts will have their work cut out for them when it comes to choosing a candidate: Districts 3 and 4 each have 10 candidates so far, and District 10 has eight candidates.

Tiny, central District 9 has only three candidates, but two of them are City Council incumbents, Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo. Riley and Tovo have also raised significant sums of money so far, $96,851 for Riley and $41,332 for Tovo.

Other notable fundraisers include Ann Kitchen in District 5, who has raised just over $42,000, and Robert Thomas in District 10, who has raised $52,200.

In the Mayor’s race, seven candidates have filed, including Mayor Pro-tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Mike Martinez. The biggest fundraiser in that race, however, has been new mayoral candidate Steve Adler, who has raised more than $366,000.

Council candidate forums will start in early September, and run on the following dates:

  • Sept. 4:   District 1
  • Sept. 11:  Districts 4 and 7
  • Sept. 15:  Districts 6 and 10
  • Sept. 16:  Districts 8 and 5
  • Sept. 18:  District 9
  • Sept. 29:  Mayoral Candidate
  • Sept. 30: Districts 2 and 3

Although the new council districts vary greatly in some respects, there are likely to be a few concerns that each has in common, including traffic and issues that come with the city’s fast growth.

Keep tuning in – as the forums and campaigning begin, BuildingATX will continue covering the issues and candidates.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.