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.