Tag Archives: November 2018 elections

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Tovo campaign complains about PAC spending

District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo’s re-election campaign filed an ethics complaint Monday against the Center for Austin’s Future Political Action Committee, a group supporting Danielle Skidmore, Tovo’s most significant opponent.The complaint alleges that the committee, which calls itself CAFPAC,…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

District 1 runoff: Mariana Salazar and Natasha Harper-Madison

With less than a percentage point separating them, Natasha Harper-Madison and Mariana Salazar will advance to a December runoff election for East Austin’s District 1 seat.In the end, Salazar had 5,673 votes (or 26.01 percent), with Harper-Madison behind at 5,469…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Tovo easily wins third term

Kathie Tovo will serve her third term on the Austin City Council after winning a relatively easy victory over three opponents on Tuesday, finishing with almost 53 percent of the vote. Her closest challenger, Danielle Skidmore, garnered less than 32…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Tight D8 race headed to runoff to fill Troxclair’s seat

The City Council seat for Southwest Austin is headed for another runoff to determine new representation for District 8, with incomplete results Wednesday morning pointing to newcomers Paige Ellis, who won 30.5 percent of the vote, and Frank Ward. who…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

Another brother-sister runoff in East Austin’s District 3

Council Member Pio Renteria finished way ahead of multiple opponents in his bid for re-election in East Austin’s District 3.Renteria won 47.71 percent of the vote, while his sister, Susana Almanza, came in a distant second place, with 21.32 percent.“I…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Adler cruises to second term as Austin mayor

In a landslide victory, Steve Adler won his re-election as mayor of Austin on Tuesday and will serve another four years in office.With voters coming out in record numbers in Travis County, Adler earned 61 percent of the vote, overpowering…

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Matt Largey

2018 election results: Austin bonds and propositions

Austin voters gave the OK to seven bond propositions totaling more than $925 million this election, but things aren’t looking good for two propositions fueled by citizen petitions – Propositions J and K – that could fail. Proposition A Results:…

Monday, November 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More tales of the city

The tale of the errant Prop K sign… Mayor Steve Adler’s former law partner, Mike Barron, found it hard to believe when a reporter from the Austin Monitor informed him last Thursday that there was a sign promoting Proposition K…

Monday, November 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: D1 candidates

In this, the most recent installment of our radio show, Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard sits down with District 1 candidates Mitrah Elizabeth Avini and (write-in candidate) Misael D. Ramos. Why do they want to be on Austin’s City Council?…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City ethics rule may be unconstitutional

Mayor Steve Adler’s campaign manager filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Megaphone GPAC, a general purpose political action committee opposing the mayor’s re-election. But it seems likely that the complaint will be dismissed, according to attorneys familiar with election law.Adler’s…

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

PAC takes heat after using racist symbol Pepe the Frog in anti-Adler ad

One of Austin’s more prolific political action committees has apologized after releasing a video ad featuring Pepe the Frog, a cartoon frog used by anti-Semitic and alt-right groups.IndyAustin has collected thousands of dollars for several political goals, including opposing Mayor…

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Complaints filed against District 1 candidates

Complaints filed with the Texas Ethics Commission charge City Council District 1 candidates Natasha Harper-Madison and Vincent Harding with filing erroneous campaign finance reports in violation of the Texas Election Code.Both campaigns denied any violations when contacted Monday, but the…

Monday, October 29, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Who funded the PACs that got two propositions on Austin’s ballot this November?

A Californian who attempted a 2016 presidential run. A reported real estate investor in Arizona. These are some of the people who have given to political action committees behind two local ballot initiatives – propositions J and K.Political action committees are…

Monday, October 29, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The more you know

Today in unsurprising news… The Circuit of the Americas has issued a statement on its position and involvement in the ongoing petition drive that could impact the city’s ability to complete a deal to build a soccer stadium on a…

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Mayoral candidates stress leadership on familiar Austin concerns

While common topics such as Austin’s transportation issues and the fate of the city’s CodeNEXT rewrite have been talking points at all recent forums for the four contested City Council seats, at Monday’s forum for the two most prominent candidates…

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

What does early voting’s first day mean?

Election officials across Texas reported record turnouts for a nonpresidential election on Monday, and the first day of early voting for the midterm elections in Travis County was no exception.In Travis County, 6 percent of registered voters cast ballots –…

Monday, October 22, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here are the candidates running to be Austin’s next mayor

If you’re tired of hearing about the face-off between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, maybe it’s time to turn your attention to local elections, like the mayor’s race.Mayor Steve Adler is fighting to retain his seat against six…

Monday, October 22, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Transit, CodeNEXT, homelessness grab attention for District 9 candidates

The candidates vying for City Council’s District 9 seat next month have their pick of issues and pain points that need fixing. From transportation to homelessness to the recently scrapped CodeNEXT process to update the city’s Land Development Code, there…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

‘Prop A’ could bring unprecedented investment in affordable housing in Austin

Austin voters will decide this November on the fate of seven bond propositions totaling $925 million. Proposition A asks voters to decide on a $250 million bond for affordable housing.If approved, the proposition would provide money for the city to build, repair and maintain…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Here are the candidates for Austin ISD board of trustees

Five seats on the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees will be on the ballot Nov. 6.The role of the school board is to oversee the AISD superintendent and district administration. The board votes on district policy and budgets,…

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