Meet Austin’s Mayoral Candidates

The current mayor, Steve Adler, has reached his term limit and cannot be re-elected.

AUSTIN, Texas β€” It may not feel like it, but the November election is right around the corner.

August 22 was the deadline for candidates to file paperwork to run for mayor of Austin, so we now know who voters can choose from to run for the city’s top job.

Mayor Steve Adler has reached his term limit and cannot run again. He recently delivered his final “State of the City” speech, which you can watch in full here.

Below is an overview of each of the seven candidates whose names will appear on the November ballot.

Bradshaw is a resident of southeast Austin. On his papers, he registered his job as a security guard. According to his campaign Facebook page, his goal is to “make Austin better.”

According to his campaign website, Campero Brual grew up in South Austin. He works three part-time jobs, as well as a legislative internship at the Texas State Capitol. He is also studying government and history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Campero Brual says he strives to be the “new face of Austin politics” and he wants Austin “no longer to be a city represented by disconnected millionaires who claim to understand the real struggles of people living and working in Austin”.

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According to her campaign website, Israel has been an Austinite since 1982. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and served in the Ann Richards administration before becoming a realtor and later a member of the House of Representatives. from Texas.

Israel pledges to be a “mayor for ALL Austin” and says the city “deserves a mayor who works for the people who live here and build the city around us: our teachers, construction workers, students, utility workers, artists, musicians, technologists, developers and many more.”

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Nix describes herself as a “body positive activist” and her work includes personal training and performance art. Her campaign website says she wants to uphold Austin’s reputation as a city of the arts by preserving affordable creative spaces and amplifying “strange voices,” including artists and marginalized communities. Nix also advocates for more shade at Capital Metro bus stops.

Spellman is co-founder of Ultimate Face Cosmetics and co-founder of the annual Peace, Love, and Happiness Ride with John Paul DeJoria, founder of the Paul Mitchell hair care line and longtime friend of Spellman.

Spellman says he’s running for mayor of Austin to “represent those who don’t see their values ​​or priorities confined to strict party lines.” He says his campaign is based on critical thinking and accountability, and that it’s important to give voters the option of a “purple” party to reverse what he describes as the current “us vs. them”.

Virden, a real estate broker, says her business and management background makes her the top candidate for mayor. “It is the lack of experience and the lack of competent, common-sense leadership that has allowed our most serious problems to escalate,” she says on her campaign website.

Some of Virden’s issues include lowering property tax bills, providing “necessary funding” to the Austin Police Department, and fully enforcing the public camping ban with no exceptions.

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Watson is both a former mayor of Austin and a former state senator. He says on his campaign website that his experience leading Austin for just over four years, in addition to his stint in the Texas Legislature, proves that he “gets things done and create transformational change”.

Watson’s top priorities include the rising cost of living in the city, homelessness, systemic racism and transportation.

Austinites will choose their new mayor on Tuesday, November 8. To see the candidates for the various city council seats, click here.

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