Early voting for runoff elections begins Nov. 29, Austin City Council forums scheduled for Nov. 26

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Races for three Austin City Council seats, an Austin ISD board of trustees spot and an Austin Community College board of trustees position will be decided in runoff elections, and early voting for those races run from Thursday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 7.

Runoff Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11. Since no candidate in any of the five races received more than 50 percent of the popular vote on Nov. 6, the top two vote getters in each race will go head-to-head in a runoff to determine the winner.

The race for Austin City Council District 1 is between political newcomers Mariana Salazar and Natasha Harper-Madison. City Council District 3 is between incumbent Sabino “Pio” Renteria and his sister, Susana Almanza—a rematch of a runoff election in 2014. Newcomers Paige Ellis and Frank Ward face one another for Austin City Council’s District 8 seat.

AISD’s District 9 at-large seat will go to either Carmen Tilton or Arati Singh and Austin Community College’s Place 8 seat will be fought for by Stephanie Gharakanian and Sarah Mills. Neither race includes an incumbent candidate.

All of ACC’s board of trustees positions are at-large, meaning voters throughout the community college’s district–covering parts of six counties–will be able to vote in the election. Residents who live anywhere within the AISD school district will be able to vote in the at-large District 9 race, while the three Austin City Council spots will be decided by voters living within those specific council districts.

The local chapter of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters will host City Council runoff forums between the candidates on Monday, Nov. 26 inside council chambers at Austin City Hall. District 1’s forum will kick off at 6 p.m., District 3 at 7 p.m. and District 8 at 8 p.m.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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