Houston wins Austin City Council District 1 race after Lofton concedes

Posted 10:14 p.m. CST

With a nearly 50 point lead, Ora Houston took the Austin City Council district 1 race after Dewayne Lofton conceded Dec. 16.

Unofficial results show Houston with 73.76 percent of the vote, or 3,835 votes and Lofton with 26.24 percent of the vote, or 1,364 votes.

Houston said Dec. 16 she does not know what to expect from Austin's new 10-one system, but said she and her new colleagues are committed to the city.

"Those of us that won are willing to work together and develop a relationship of respect for the good of the community," she said.

Houston said Lofton was gracious and respectful in his concession call.

Posted 7:25 p.m. CST

According to early voting results, Ora Houston is handily in the lead in the Austin City Council District 1 race with 73.39 percent of the vote, or 2,421 votes, against Dewayne Lofton, who has 26.61 percent of the vote, or 878 votes.

Houston almost avoided a runoff Nov. 4. when she received 49.12 percent of the vote. Lofton, the runner up, received 14.41 percent of the vote. Originally nine candidates vied for the District 1 seat.

District 1 covers much of the city's northeast side. Its southernmost edge runs along East Seventh Street and extends north past East Parmer Lane. It is also one of Austin's most diverse districts with 43.2 percent of its population being Latino, 28.2 percent African-American and 23.3 percent white, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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