Here are the 7 candidates running in Austin's City Council District 4 special election

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Amanda Rios (Courtesy Amanda Rios)
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Isa Boonto (Courtesy Isa Boonto)
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Ramesses II Setepenre (Courtesy Ramesses II Setepenre)
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Melinda Schiera (Courtesy Melinda Schiera)
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Jade Lovera (Courtesy Jade Lovera)
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Monica Guzmán (Courtesy Monica Guzmán)
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José “Chito” Vela (Courtesy Chito Vela)
Seven candidates have entered the race to replace Greg Casar as Austin City Council's District 4 representative in the Jan. 25 special election.

Casar's run for national office in Congressional District 35 will result in his resignation from council, although he will continue to serve until a new council member is sworn in for the remainder of his term. While a new City Council map for the 2020s was recently finalized, this special election will be held under the current district boundary that Casar was elected to that were in place from 2011-21.


District 4 residents have until Dec. 27 to register to vote in the special election, and early voting will run from Jan. 10-21. If necessary, a runoff election—prompted if no candidate wins a majority of the vote—is tentatively set for March 22.

Ahead of the January election, candidates for the North Central Austin district seat shared information on their backgrounds and political goals with Community Impact Newspaper. The candidate filing window for the election closed Dec. 16 and the order candidates will appear on the ballot was randomly selected by City Clerk Myrna Rios Dec. 17.
By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. He spent more than two years reporting on Montgomery County and The Woodlands area before moving to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city. Contact Ben with questions, tips or feedback at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @BThompson_CI.