Austin City Council hopefuls are trickling into City Hall to file for a place on the ballot. The application period, opened yesterday, goes through August 18. While currently just a handful of people have filed , the election is generating excitement that's hard to come by in local politics Jannette Goodall is Austin's City Clerk . But if you didn't know that, you'd think she's a wedding planner – for months, Goodall and her staff have been prepping for this moment. "You're kind of planning for the big ball, you know? It's kind of fun," she says.