Six Austin City Council seats are on the November ballot, and a series of city-sponsored forums for candidates competing in each race will take place over the coming weeks leading up to Election Day.

The city, in partnership with its citizen ethics commission and the League of Women Voters Austin, will host the forums for mayoral candidates and those running for council seats in districts 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9 throughout September and October. The forums kick off with a District 1 candidate event Sept. 8 and will conclude with a session for the mayor's race Oct. 20. If one is needed, a forum for any races that head to runoff elections is scheduled for late November.

Residents can submit questions for candidates before noon on each forum date by calling 512-451-6710 or emailing [email protected] Forums details are listed below.

  • District 1: Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin

  • District 5: Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Menchaca Road, Austin

  • District 8: Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Menchaca Road, Austin

  • District 3: Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St., Austin

  • District 9: Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin

  • Mayor: Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin

  • Runoff, if necessary: Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin


All city-sponsored forums will be broadcast via the city streaming service ATXN, on cable Channel 6, on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and on KAZI FM 88.7. Translation services for the forums are also available by calling 855-756-7520 and selecting extension 83464# for English, 83465# for Spanish, 83466# for Mandarin or 83467# for Vietnamese. Interpreters for other languages can be requested at least five days ahead of each forum through the city 311 system.

More information about the city-sponsored forums is available at www.austintexas.gov/CandidateForums.

Austinites have until Oct. 11 to register to vote in the November election. Early voting begins Oct. 24, and Election Day is Nov. 8. If necessary, a runoff election date is scheduled on Dec. 13.