Austin City Council candidates for District 1 sought to distinguish themselves from a crowded field during the city’s candidate forum Thursday.
But given the short amount of time allotted for each answer and the large number of candidates, it proved difficult. Several of them were often cut off mid-answer by a no-excuses time keeper, and some commented that at times it felt like they were repeating answers others had already provided.
In total, seven candidates are vying to succeed Council Member Ora Houston, who announced in June that she was not seeking re-election. The field of candidates is one the largest for any of the district council seats up for election on Nov. 6.
Candidates for District 1 — which stretches from the Capitol to Walter E. Long Lake across swaths of Central, East and Northeast Austin — include mostly new faces with a wide array of experiences.