This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with the final results from Travis County and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with the final results from Williamson County.

With all votes tallied, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan is headed to a runoff against his opponent, Mackenzie Kelly, in the race for his District 6 seat on Austin City Council.


Flannigan led the race, with 40.22% of votes. But he needed 50% to avoid a runoff.

Kelly, one of three challengers, received 33.4%.

Jennifer Mushtaler and Dee Harrison—who, like Kelly, ran on platforms in opposition to Flannigan's stance on police reform, homelessness and Project Connect—had 19.11% and 7.26% of the vote, respectively.

District 6, which includes parts of northwest Austin, is one of five of Austin City Council's 10 seats up for election this year. In his next term, Flannigan will be tasked with the ongoing rewrite of the city's land use code, making further cuts to the Austin Police Department's budget, and—with voter approval of Proposition A—implementing the $7.1 billion Project Connect transit plan.

As a council member, Flannigan has supported all of the above initiatives. His platform included plans to address the pandemic, Austin's affordability crisis, traffic congestion and public safety reform.

Flannigan has proposed replacing the police chief role with a system modeled after the city's 10-1 structure, in which five commanders represented different regions of the city and a civilian police commission would direct the Austin Police Department.

Flannigan also voted to overturn the city's camping ban.

"Austin service provides concur that criminalizations creates barriers to accessing necessary services to get folks experiencing homelessness into housing, while also adding costs to the criminal justice system," he told Austonia last month.

Flannigan outraised his opponents by a wide margin, with around $167,000 in donations, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports.

Harrison recently retired from a career in emergency management at various local and state agencies. She opposes the current council's push to reimagine public safety by reallocating police funds to other city services as well as the Project Connect transit plan.

Harrison raised $2,450 in political contributions.

Kelly is a client care manager who ran against Flannigan in 2014. She also opposes recent cuts to the Austin police department budget and the decision to overturn the camping ban.

"This was a knee-jerk reaction by the city with no solid plan in place to address homelessness as a whole," she recently told Austonia.

Kelly raised $64,0000 in political contributions and was endorsed by local Republicans, such as Travis County GOP Chairperson Matt Mackowiak and former Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair.

Mushtaler, a physician and small business owner, ran on a platform that included reinstating the camping ban, fully funding law enforcement and prioritizing neighborhoods in the land use code rewrite process.

Mushtaler raised $40,000 in political contributions.

Travis County saw record turnout this election, with 35,354 District 6 residents casting a ballot in this year's election, compared to 27,599 in 2016.

The challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving is letting go of what we've lost in this tough year and treasure what we still have.

We at Austonia are thankful for you. Since we launched our site in April, we've done our best to connect you to Austin, with stories ranging from the important to the delightfully superficial. Your response has been strong and we are grateful.

At this time of thanks, we have a variety of stories for you. Laura Figi writes about "a greener holiday," food trends, and Friday shopping. Emma Freer writes about a nearby annual Native American heritage celebration. And Roberto Ontiveros brings us a thoughtful piece that looks at the human toll of Austin's gentrification—the often painful flip side to having shiny new bars, restaurants, and apartments—in this case it's displacement of the Black community on East 11th Street. Finally, we ask you how you're celebrating the holiday this year.

Our best to you and your loved ones!

—The Austonia Team

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