ELECTION RESULTS: Kathie Tovo wins third term in Austin City Council District 9

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Update: 11:21 p.m.
Kathie Tovo will continue to serve District 9 on the Austin City Council after defeating challenger Danielle Skidmore and earning enough votes to avoid a runoff election.

Tovo received 18,675 total votes, or 52.9 percent of the total vote, while Skidmore received 32 percent of the vote. Linda O’Neal followed with 9.5 percent and Isiah Jones had 6.1 percent of the vote.

Original story:

Incumbent Kathie Tovo leads her closest challenger Danielle Skidmore 53 percent to 32 percent in the race for a four-year term as Austin City Council’s District 9 representative.

Linda O’Neal, a local high school teacher received 9 percent and University of Texas at Austin student Isiah Jones received 6 percent of the early votes. District 9 constituents cast 30,432 early ballots, compared to the 11,177 cast in 2014.

Election Day results will continue to pour in throughout the evening. If no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters will face each other in a runoff election on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Whoever wins the seat will take over only the second term as District 9 representative since Austin City Council switched to the by-district representation system known as 10-1 in 2014—in which 10 council members represent individual districts throughout the city and the mayor is elected citywide. District 9’s boundaries encompass all of downtown Austin and most of the urban core neighborhoods.

Skidmore, O’Neal and Jones are trying to unseat Tovo, who is vying for a third consecutive term on Austin City Council. Tovo is the only city council member to serve terms in both pre and post 10-1 city councils. Although city term limits only allow for two terms, Tovo garnered enough petition signatures to qualify her for a third term.

The next District 9 representative will lead as the Austin’s downtown voice as the city continues to face several issues, from housing and affordability crises, increasing traffic concerns, a growing homelessness issue and the need to rewrite the city’s land development code.

Election results will continue to pour in throughout the night. Stay up to date with our vote tracker.

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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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