Greg Casar to run for Congress, continue to serve on Austin City Council into 2022

Greg Casar was first elected as District 4's Austin City Council representative in 2014. (Courtesy city of Austin)
Greg Casar was first elected as District 4's Austin City Council representative in 2014. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Greg Casar was first elected as District 4's Austin City Council representative in 2014. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Weeks after launching his exploration of a run for Congress, District 4 Council Member Greg Casar announced he will campaign for the 35th Congressional District seat set to be vacated by incumbent Rep. Lloyd Doggett in the November 2022 election.

“I believe working Texans deserve a progressive leader who will fight and deliver on reproductive rights, Medicare for All, good jobs, and a functional power grid,” Casar said in a statement. “That’s why I’m running for Congress. Our communities are struggling because people like Gov. [Greg] Abbott are looking out for themselves, instead of everyone else."

Casar first won his Austin City Council seat for the newly created District 4 in 2014, becoming the youngest person to ever hold the citywide office. Casar went on to win races in 2016 and 2020 and plans to continue serving on council for a portion of his current four-year term.

A special election for his City Council seat will be called next year, and Casar will serve until District 4's next representative takes office. Casar's look to the 35th District race comes after Doggett announced this fall that he will next run for the newly created 37th Congressional District.

Casar told Community Impact Newspaper on Nov. 4 that he hopes to use his remaining time on the council dais to pursue his remaining local priorities, including progress on affordable housing goals and seeing Austin settle the lawsuit filed by sexual assault victims over the Austin Police Department's alleged mishandling of their cases.


Casar also said while City Council policies can be more immediate and locally focused for residents, he sees a seat in Congress as a better avenue to enact "transformational" change for Texans—without the threat of conflict or pushback from state lawmakers that regularly plays out in Austin.

“We need Medicare for All, affordable housing, better wages, comprehensive immigration reform, and a massive clean energy jobs program. We can make the world a better place if we fight for it – if we organize for it. Together, we've shown we can do just that," Casar said in his announcement statement.

Casar's campaign said he has garnered endorsements locally from Mayor Steve Adler and fellow Austin City Council Members Natasha Harper-Madison, Vanessa Fuentes, Ann Kitchen and Paige Ellis as well as Travis County Attorney Delia Garza and Travis County District Attorney José Garza.

Other Texas endorsements include former state Sen. Wendy Davis and members of the San Antonio and San Marcos city councils and San Marcos ISD board. Nationally, Casar has the backing of the progressive Working Families Party.
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. After spending more than two years covering in The Woodlands area, he moved to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city.



MOST RECENT

The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)
City of Austin begins design of urban trail on abandoned rail corridor

The city, along with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, won a state award for a Bergstrom Spur Trail study.

San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

The new gas station also features a drive-thru car wash and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: State could take over AISD school board if poorly-rated campus does not improve; new furniture store to open in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
State could take over AISD school board if poorly rated campus does not improve next year

If the school does receive an improved rating, the state's commissioner of education could replace every member of Austin ISD's school board.

Austin ISD trustee Noelita Lugo argues for breaking down student achievement measures by race in the district's 2021-2026 scorecard, rather than examining only economically disadvantaged students without racial groups. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD considers how to measure equity gaps in academic achievement

Austin ISD trustees are continuing to work out details of the 2021-2026 district scorecard, which measures progress on equity goals.

Austin City Council made changes to arts and library funding among other decisions Dec. 2. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Arts community, homeless health care program get funding, plus other actions

City Council approved more than 50 items Dec. 2, changing the Office of Civil Rights, doling out funding and more.

Council Member Greg Casar speaks at a press conference outside City Hall ahead of a vote to approve an ordinance granting the Austin Office of Civil Rights enforcement power. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Office of Civil Rights granted new powers

An ordinance passed by Austin City Council on Dec. 2 creates additional civil and criminal penalties for discrimination.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

The existing gallery location on South Lamar Boulevard will close on Dec. 20. (Courtesy Ao5 Gallery)
Ao5 Gallery relocating from South Austin to The Arboretum this winter

With the relocation to Northwest Austin, Ao5 Gallery will expand its custom framing services, have better parking, be able to display more art and be able to accommodate more guests for live events, according to officials with the gallery.

Rendering of Tesla's Cybertruck
Tesla officially names Texas gigafactory as its new headquarters

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows the Travis County manufacturing plant as Tesla's new home base.