Place 2 Interviews

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.

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.