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(Charlie L. Harper III)

Half of Austin City Council seats is up for election this Novemeber.

In less than two months, Austin voters will choose between 20 candidates vying for five of City Council's 10 seats. A series of upcoming candidates forums will introduce voters to the candidates and their platforms.


Elected council members will be tasked with rewriting the city's land use code, considering further cuts to the Austin Police Department's budget and, if voters approve a tax rate increase, implementing the $7.1 billion Project Connect transit plan.

The Austin Chamber, Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Austin Young Chamber, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce and Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will co-host two such virtual events next week, which will be posted on YouTube.

On Monday, Sept. 14, from 3-5 p.m., the chambers will speak with candidates for Districts 2 and 4, which are in Southeast and Northeast Austin, respectively.

District 2 Council Member Delia Garza will vacate her seat to serve as Travis County attorney. Four candidates are running to replace her: David Chincanchan, Vanessa Fuentes, Casey Ramos and Alex Strenger.

District 4 Council Member Greg Casar is running for re-election against Louis C. Herrin III and Ramesses II Setepenre.

On Friday, Sept. 18, from 3-5 p.m., the chambers will speak with candidates for District 6, 7 and 10, all of which are in North or Northwest Austin.

District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan is facing off against Deedra Harrison, Mackenzie Kelly and Jennifer Musthaler.

District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool has only one opponent, Morgan Witt.

District 10 Council Member Alison Alter faces the most crowded field, with six candidates running against her: Ben Easton, Belina Greene, Pooja Sethi, Robert Tomas and Jennifer Virden.

The city of Austin is also sponsoring virtual candidate forums, co-hosted by its ethics review commission and the local League of Women Voters chapter. These will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • District 2: Wednesday, Sept. 16
  • District 4: Wednesday, Sept. 23
  • District 10: Tuesday, Sept. 29
  • District 6: Wednesday, Sept. 30
  • District 7: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Viewers can tune in on ATXN, where the forums will air in English and Spanish; cable TV channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99; and KAZI FM 88.7. More details can be found here.

City council seats are nonpartisan, although all current members are affiliated with the Democratic Party. Austin residents can plug in their address to find their council district here.

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