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Austin Monitor profiles three leading candidates for Austin mayor

With the Austin mayor seat up for grabs November 8, three candidates are getting the most buzz. The Austin Monitor has profiled all three.

Celia Israel

The former Texas state representative has focused her campaign on two issues: affordability and transportation. Israel, who moved to Austin in 1992, describes herself as Latina and a member of the LGBT community. Her endorsement include the LGBTQ Victory Fund, the Latino Victory Fund, LPAC, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, and Travis County Attorney Delia Garza.

Click here to read the complete profile of Celia Israel.


Jennifer Virden

The real estate broker and former city council candidate bills herself as the "common sense" candidate for mayor, advocating lower taxes, more resources for police, firefighters, and EMS, and full enforcement of the homeless camping ban. She calls Project Connect a "boondoggle."

Click here to read the complete profile of Jennifer Virden.


Kirk Watson

The former Austin mayor and Texas state senator spent years campaigning for the city's transit plan, Project Connect. Watson is often referred to as the "establishment" candidate. His endorsements include the Austin Board of Realtors, Austin EMS Association, Austin AFL-CIO, city council member Pio Renteria, and former state senator Wendy Davis.

Click here to read the complete profile of Kirk Watson.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.