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Notes from the campaign trail

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Reports from each candidate for mayor and City Council were due at the Office of the City Clerk on Tuesday. Mayor Steve Adler reported raising nearly $140,000 for the latest time period. His total raised for the current race is more than $714,000, according to a press release from the campaign.

Laura Morrison, his major rival in the race, reported raising just over $25,500 during the same time frame. In her previous report, which was filed in July, Morrison reported raising more than $92,000 and loaning her campaign $28,000.

According to Adler’s report, he had more than $205,000 as of the last day of the reporting period, while Morrison’s report indicated that she had just about $39,000.

Morrison recently won an endorsement from the West Austin Democrats. The group also endorsed District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo for re-election.

Unlike some other organizations, West Austin Democrats did not make any recommendations about Proposition J, which relates to a future vote on any new land development code, or Proposition K, the controversial proposal to require the city hire an outside firm to do an audit of the entire city government.

Council Member Ora Houston also appears poised to endorse Morrison at a press conference in East Austin this morning. No other Council member has endorsed in either the mayor’s race or any other.

Adler has numerous other club endorsements, as the Austin Monitor reported earlier this month.

A press release from Morrison notes that so far, the city of Austin has only elected one woman as mayor. Carole Keeton (then Keeton McClellan) was elected in 1977 and served as Austin’s mayor until 1983.

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