Another campaign season begins: Austin City Council races are on


There’s no rest for the weary of elections.

Just two days after the most expensive municipal contest in Austin’s history, the five City Council members up for election in November began to declare their intentions.

First out of the gate was District 4’s Greg Casar, who announced Monday he is running for re-election.

“I come to work every day with a feeling of possibility and of opportunity,” Casar said as a small crowd of supporters stood behind him on the steps of City Hall.

“We can’t be the Austin of yesterday, and many people here, I know, are not satisfied with the Austin of today,” he added, promising to center his campaign on issues of economic segregation and infrastructure investment in his north Austin district.

His four colleagues up in November — District 2’s Delia Garza, District 6’s Don Zimmerman, District 7’s Leslie Pool and District 10’s Sheri Gallo — are all expected to make their plans official soon. All five of them drew two-year terms when the new City Council took office in January 2015; the other council members received four-year terms.

Pool told the American-Statesman she will be running for re-election — “and I’m looking forward to it,” she added — but she had not yet formalized a date for an announcement.

This week is the first in which council candidates can begin raising money for their campaigns.


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