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Not ready to declare candidacy, Levy names campaign treasurer

Friday, January 23, 2009 by Austin Monitor

Former Texas Monthly publisher Mike Levy today designated himself as his own campaign treasurer in order to spend money exploring the possibility of running for Mayor of Austin.


Levy told In Fact Daily he wants to listen to citizens before making a decision about running for office. However, he said he wanted to make sure that he does not run afoul of either the Texas Election Code or Austin’s campaign finance laws.


On the form indicating “office sought,” Levy wrote “Mayor, City of Austin (not a candidate).”


So far, the candidates for Mayor include Mayor Pro Tem Brewster McCracken, Council Member Lee Leffingwell and former Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn as well as Josiah Ingalls and Jason Morales.


Feb. 7 is the first day and March 9 is the final day to file for a place on the ballot for Mayor, according to City Clerk Shirley Gentry. March 3 is the final date to file for Leffingwell’s Place 1 seat. Both elections are expected to occur on May 9 although a ruling from the City Attorney could change the date for the Place 1 seat.

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