Elizabeth Findell

City Hall reporter

Elizabeth Findell covers Austin government for the Austin American-Statesman. A Colorado ski town native, she’s been in Texas six years. She worked previously for the Dallas Morning News and, in the Rio Grande Valley, for The Monitor.

Latest from Elizabeth Findell

Who’s the mystery candidate running for Austin City Council?
 Austin City Council member Ellen Troxclair is not running for her seat again. But some other people are. Are you a fiscal conservative hoping to replace City Council Member Ellen Troxclair in District 8? Someone is. Troxclair announced in a news release Thursday that, though she’s 
            not running for a second term this November...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Austin City Council member Ellen Troxclair is not running for her seat again. But some other people are. Are you a fiscal conservative hoping to replace City Council Member Ellen Troxclair in District 8? Someone is. Troxclair announced in a news release Thursday that, though she’s not running for a second term this November...
Austin council challengers match incumbents in campaign fundraising
 Austin’s most senior City Council member may be getting a run for her money this election season. Political newcomer Danielle Skidmore out-fundraised downtown District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo $47,143 to $41,591, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. Skidmore, a civil engineer, drew support from several urbanists and...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin’s most senior City Council member may be getting a run for her money this election season. Political newcomer Danielle Skidmore out-fundraised downtown District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo $47,143 to $41,591, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. Skidmore, a civil engineer, drew support from several urbanists and...
Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...
Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign...
Report: Most donations to 2016 council races from outside districts
 Most of the money Austin City Council candidates raised for their races in 2016 came from outside their council districts — more than 90 percent for Council Members Delia Garza and Greg Casar — according to a report issued by Texans for Public Justice. The city’s three wealthiest districts accounted for 68 percent of all...

Posted: 6 days ago

Most of the money Austin City Council candidates raised for their races in 2016 came from outside their council districts — more than 90 percent for Council Members Delia Garza and Greg Casar — according to a report issued by Texans for Public Justice. The city’s three wealthiest districts accounted for 68 percent of all...
Austin mayor claps back at a constituent: Texas’ attorney general
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are exchanging words, as Texas vs. Austin tensions continue to flare. Adler shot back Thursday at an opinion piece by Paxton calling the city hypocritical and disdainful of the rule of law. “The city of Austin recently declared itself a ‘freedom city’ &mdash...

Posted: 7 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are exchanging words, as Texas vs. Austin tensions continue to flare. Adler shot back Thursday at an opinion piece by Paxton calling the city hypocritical and disdainful of the rule of law. “The city of Austin recently declared itself a ‘freedom city’ &mdash...
Homelessness or infrastructure? New city budgeting targets goal topics
 Don’t ask how much money the Austin City Council can give your department. This year, ask instead how your department can contribute to the council’s goals. As Austin reaches the budgeting season for fiscal 2019, which begins Oct. 1, city departments have put in requests for $46 million in additions beyond the finance department&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Don’t ask how much money the Austin City Council can give your department. This year, ask instead how your department can contribute to the council’s goals. As Austin reaches the budgeting season for fiscal 2019, which begins Oct. 1, city departments have put in requests for $46 million in additions beyond the finance department&rsquo...
Troxclair, Austin council’s lone conservative, won’t seek re-election
 City Council Member Ellen Troxclair will not seek a second term, she said in a news release issued Wednesday, setting up an open race to replace Austin’s only conservative City Council member. “I can leave knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do — serve as an advocate for my district, a voice of reason, a fiscal...

Posted: 8 days ago

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair will not seek a second term, she said in a news release issued Wednesday, setting up an open race to replace Austin’s only conservative City Council member. “I can leave knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do — serve as an advocate for my district, a voice of reason, a fiscal...
Austin Council Member Ellen Troxclair won’t seek re-election
 Ellen Troxclair, Austin’s only conservative City Council member, will not seek a second term, she said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “The decision on whether seek another term has been an incredibly difficult one because I believe so passionately in the work with which my constitutents have entrusted me,” she said...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ellen Troxclair, Austin’s only conservative City Council member, will not seek a second term, she said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “The decision on whether seek another term has been an incredibly difficult one because I believe so passionately in the work with which my constitutents have entrusted me,” she said...
Teacher will be second challenger to Council Member Kathie Tovo
 Linda O’Neal said this week that she would run against City Council Member Kathie Tovo for Central Austin’s District 9. When a campaign volunteer for City Council member Kathie Tovo knocked on Linda O’Neal’s door asking for a signature on a petition
            to let Tovo run for a third term, O’Neal’s...

Posted: 10 days ago

Linda O’Neal said this week that she would run against City Council Member Kathie Tovo for Central Austin’s District 9. When a campaign volunteer for City Council member Kathie Tovo knocked on Linda O’Neal’s door asking for a signature on a petition to let Tovo run for a third term, O’Neal’s...
Union objections slow city’s efforts at second-jobs disclosure policy
 A year after Austin officials said they would create new policies for moonlighting city employees, the process has stalled amid opposition from the employees’ union. In the past two years, a series of city-initiated investigations into issues arising from employees’ second jobs highlighted the potential for conflicts of interest...

Posted: 15 days ago

A year after Austin officials said they would create new policies for moonlighting city employees, the process has stalled amid opposition from the employees’ union. In the past two years, a series of city-initiated investigations into issues arising from employees’ second jobs highlighted the potential for conflicts of interest...