2012 City Council Elections

City Council Elections
11:53 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Early Voting Totals, Day Four: More of the Same

Early voting totals for Thursday were consistent with what was seen all week.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Early voting in the Austin City Elections continue apace. A total of 1,893 ballots were cast yesterday, between in-person voting and voting by mail.

Those numbers are eerily consistent with what we’ve seen all week, in-person totals being just two votes off what we saw yesterday, and three off what we saw Monday. With a total of 8,010 ballots cast, Austin has now seen 1.68% of its registered voters go to the polls.

It’s safe to say totals look on track to beat 2011 turnout, from Austin’s most recent (but non-mayoral) City Council contest. That saw a total of 14,871 early votes, or 3.35% percent of registered voters. 

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City Council Elections
8:43 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Early Voting Totals, Day Three: We Are the One Percent

UT's Flawn Academic Center saw 65 votes yesterday.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Congratulations, Austin. You’ve cracked one percent!

Yesterday’s early voting totals in the Austin city election were in line with what we’d seen all week, with 1,918 ballots cast. That covers both in-person voting and voting by mail. And it brings the total count to 6,117 – or 1.28% of registered voters.

The Northwest Austin Randalls, at Research and Breaker, led the day again, delivering 221 votes. Meanwhile, the Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center in East Austin served as low vote-getter, with a scant 19 ballots cast.

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City Council Elections
10:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Early Voting Totals, Day Two: About What You’d Expect

Early voting figures for Tuesday looked much like Monday's numbers.
Photo by Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News

Second day tallies are in for early voting in the Austin city elections.

1,821 Austinites went to the polls yesterday – a hair's-breadth better than Monday's number of 1,779. Add in ballots received by mail, which exhibited a drop-off from day one, and a total of 2,026 ballots were cast yesterday. That brings Austin’s grand vote total to 4,200 – or .88% of registered voters. That’s almost one percent.

A Randalls in Northwest Austin, at Research and Breaker, lead day two, delivering 213 votes. By contrast, only 16 people voted at East Austin’s George Washington Carver Complex, the low vote-getter of the day.

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City Council Elections
1:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Austin Early Voting: With These Totals, Your Vote Matters

Students smiling and laughing - but not voting - outside the Flawn Academic Center
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Early voting in the Austin city elections is in full swing – i.e., characteristically low.

Turnout for Monday, April 30, the first day of early voting, shows a total of 2,174 votes. That’s only .37 percent of registered voters. One third of one percent.

Some areas are attracting more voters than others. North Austin’s Ben Hur Shriners Hall at 7811 Rockwood Ln., led the pack with 180 total votes. A Randall's grocery store in Northwest Austin, at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane, pulled in 175 votes. And the Travis County offices on Airport Boulevard nabbed 169 votes.

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City Council Elections
4:40 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Video: Mayoral Candidate Lee Leffingwell

On Election Day this May 12, Austin will elect a mayor.

KUT’s Matt Largey recently spoke with incumbent Lee Leffingwell, running for a second term as Austin mayor. The conversation covered affordability, transportation, geographic representation and Austin Energy’s rate redesign.

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AM Update
8:19 am
Mon April 30, 2012

AM Update: Early Voting Starts, Education Committee Meets, Toros Win Title

Early voting begins today for four positions on the Austin City Council, including mayor.
KUT News

Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting begins today in the Austin city election. There are a total of 14 candidates running for four different positions, including mayor and three city council seats.

You can find information on the candidates and their views on Austin’s pressing issues at kutnews.org. You can stream interviews with candidates for the Place 5Place 2 and Place 6 seats, and beginning today, interview with Austin’s mayoral candidates. The City of Austin has also put videos for the council candidates including those vying for mayor.

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City Council Elections
7:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Video: Mayoral Candidate Clay Dafoe

Today, Monday April 30, is the start of early voting in the Austin city elections.

Four council positions are up for grabs, including Mayor. Three candidates are running for the top spot, including Clay Dafoe. KUT’s Matt Largey met with Dafoe and discussed his opinions on keeping Austin affordable, transportation, geographic representation, and his stance on limited government .

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City Council Elections
4:33 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Video: Place 6 Candidate Shaun Ireland

Early voting starts in the Austin City Council races this Monday, April 30, and political newcomer Shaun Ireland is running in Place 6.  

KUT’s Nathan Bernier recently spoke with Ireland about cutting spending at the city, the Austin Energy rate redesign, transportation, geographic representation and more. You can view an expanded version of the interview above; a condensed version of the conversation is posted at kut.org.

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City Council Elections
3:12 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Video: Place 6 Candidate Sheryl Cole

Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole is up for re-election this May.

The Place 6 council member and Mayor Pro Tem recently came by the KUT studios to discuss her candidacy. KUT’s Wells Dunbar spoke with Cole about affordability and the Austin Energy rate redesign, transportation, and the question of geographic representation on the council.

You can listen to a condensed interview with Cole at kut.org; above, we present an expanded version of the discussion with Cole.

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City Council Elections
2:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Audio: Place 2 Candidate Mike Martinez

Council member Mike Martinez recently stopped by the KUT studios.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Early voting in the Austin city elections begins Monday, April 30. 

As part of interviews with all 14 candidates running for the Austin City Council, KUT’s Matt Largey spoke with incumbent Place 2 City Council member Mike Martinez recently. The conversation covered ways to improve affordability and transportation, the ongoing Austin Energy rate redesign, and whether Austin should adopt a form of geographic representation.

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City Council Elections
8:12 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate David Conley

KUT concludes its  profiles of the seven Austin City Council candidates running in Place 5 with David Conley.

KUT’s Wells Dunbar speaks with political newcomer Conley about his ideas for improving affordability, traffic and Austin’s property taxes. You can listen to a condensed version of the interview at kut.org.

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City Council Elections
4:03 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate Dominic 'Dom' Chavez

Early voting for city elections begins Monday April 30. 14 candidates are running for four spots on the Austin City Council, and half of those contenders are in Place 5.

Above, you can view an extended video interview with Dominic “Dom” Chavez.  KUT spoke with him about whether Austin Energy needs to increase its rates, alternatives to Urban Rail, improving education, addressing affordability and more.

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City Council Elections
10:14 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate Bill Spelman

When Bill Spelman was elected to City Council three years ago, he didn’t face a single challenger. Now he faces six opponents in his bid for re-election.

KUT’s Wells Dunbar spoke with Spelman about the interplay of growth and congestion, the Austin Energy rate redesign, and whether Austin is ready for votes on urban rail and geographic representation this November. You can listen to KUT’s radio interview with Spelman online; above, you can view an expanded version of our discussion.

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City Council Elections
9:08 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate Tina Cannon

KUT News presents an extended interview with Place 5 challenger Tina Cannon.

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City Council Elections
5:27 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate R.A. 'Bo' Prudente

Another entrant in the crowded Place 5 field is R.A. “Bo” Prudente.

Political newcomer Prudente is one of the seven candidates running in Place 5 against incumbent Bill Spelman. KUT’s Wells Dunbar spoke with Prudente about a number of issues, including Austin’s water supply and the city’s problems in promoting affordability. In addition to the extended interview above, you can also listen to a condensed interview broadcast by KUT. 

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City Council Elections
1:21 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate John Rubine

Comprising half of the 14 candidates for City Council, Place 5 is a crowded field.

Political newcomer John Rubine is one of the seven candidates running in Place 5 against incumbent Bill Spelman. KUT’s Wells Dunbar spoke with Rubine about a number of issues including Austin’s affordability, energy rate increases, and how he plans to improve voter turnout. You can listen to audio of our interview with Rubine, but above, we’ve posted an extended video version of our interview with him.

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City Council Elections
11:47 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Video: Place 5 Candidate John Duffy

Early voting for city elections begins Monday, April 30. There are 14 candidates running for four positions on the Austin City Council. Over the next week or so, we’re airing extended cuts from KUT's interviews with each of them.

In Place 5, self-described anarchist and Occupy Austin member John Duffy is running to unseat incumbent Bill Spelman. You can listen to the interview with Duffy that aired on KUT 90.5 FM; above, we present an extended version of that conversation.

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City Council Elections
4:25 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Hispanic Leaders Call for Change to 'Gentlemen's Agreement' - Just Not Yet

An agreement designating minority seats on the City Council recieved mixed reviews from Council Member Mike Martinez today.
Photo by Daniel Guerra for KUT News

A re-election rally held today for City Council member Mike Martinez focused on the long debated Gentlemen’s Agreement.  For decades, that unwritten, unenforceable agreement among Austin’s political players has stipulated that two seats on the City Council be reserved for one black member and one Hispanic member.

Martinez is one of four council members up for re-election in May; although neither Martinez or his surrogates mentioned his opposition in Place 2 by name, the incumbent is being challenged by Laura Pressley, an Anglo woman. Place 2 incumbent Sheryl Cole, the council member serving in the African-American seat “reserved” under the Gentlemen’s Agreement, is also being challenged by an Anglo candidate, Shaun Ireland.

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City Council Elections
12:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Video: Place 2 City Council Candidate Laura Pressley

Early voting for city elections begins next Monday, April 30. There are 14 candidates running for four positions on the Austin City Council. Over the next week or so, we’ll hear from each of them.

For Place 2, Laura Pressley is running to unseat incumbent Mike Martinez. You can listen to the interview we aired with Pressley on KUT’s Morning Edition online; above, we present an extended version of our conversation.

KUT’s Matt Largey talks to Pressley about a few topics she thinks are priorities for the city, including the city’s corporate subsidies, the impact this has on Austin’s affordability, the rate increase proposed by Austin Energy, and whether to send Urban rail to voters this November.

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City Council Elections
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Watch Austin Mayoral Candidates Debate Live

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Brigid Shea, and Clay Dafoe at a forum sponsored by the Real Estate Council of Austin.
Video still by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Most times candidates take to the airwaves, they have to pay for the privilege. Not so today, as broadcaster KXAN is televising a forum this afternoon with Austin's mayoral candidates. 

KXAN shares the details

Incumbent Lee Leffingwell will be up against challengers Brigid Shea and Clay Dafoe at the event in the Bass Lecture Hall of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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