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Former mayor, state Sen. Kirk Watson announces bid for Austin mayor

(Kirk Watson)

After months of speculation, former state Sen. Kirk Watson confirmed Tuesday he is running for Austin Mayor this November.

Watson is a Democrat who formerly served as Austin mayor from 1997-2001 before serving in the Texas Senate for 13 years. At 63, his last position was serving as the first dean of the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs.

He says he is running to "ensure that the city—effectively and equitably—addresses the range of issues that will define our future." According to his campaign website, his priorities while in office are:

  • Austin’s rising cost of living
  • Homelessness
  • Systemic racism
  • Public safety
  • Transportation
  • Managing Austin’s success so that in 10 years, 20 years and even beyond, we have sufficient water, parks and green space, equitable access to good-paying jobs, more cultural amenities, and other things that make Austin successful and make it home
So far, he will be up against State Rep. Cecilia Israel; former Austin City Council candidate Jennifer Virden; and Erica Nix, a "body positivity ambassador" and workout coach. Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo has expressed interest in a run but has not formally announced her campaign.
Mayor Steve Adler's final term ends in 2023, in which he is not petitioning for a third term.


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

Tito's Handmade Vodka

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