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Jimmy Flannigan, Mackenzie Kelly head to runoff in Austin City Council District 6 race

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.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway