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Election updates!

Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

Attorney Steve Adler formally filed his ballot application Monday afternoon, making three filed mayoral candidates (Mike Martinez, Ron Culver) and five more waiting in the wings... Yet another would-be mayor, Stephen Fabian, filed a campaign treasurer designation Tuesday... As of Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, 23 candidates had filed ballot applications for mayor or City Council, and overall, more than 70 potential candidates had filed CTDs... Deadline for ballot applications is Monday, Aug. 18... Also this week, Adler announced he supports a 20% homestead property tax exemption for Austin homeowners, phased in over four years... His main rivals, incumbents Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez, said the exemption would cost $36 million and Adler should explain how he intends to pay for it, either with a tax increase or specified budget cuts... In District 3, Julian Limon Fernandez was noting that rival campaigns were apparently tearing down his campaign signs, and distributed a video on Facebook recording somebody in the act... District 10 candidate Tina Cannon called for an operational and financial audit of the Austin Water utility... Council will officially order the Nov. 4 election this week, to include as well a proposed transportation bond package...

Early endorsements began: The Network of Austin Asian Organizations endorsed Adler for mayor, Fred McGhee in District 3, Greg Casar in 4, Ann Kitchen in 5, Eliza May in 8, Kathie Tovo in 9, and Mandy Dealey in 10... The Austin Police Association PAC endorsed Ora Houston in District 1, Delia Garza in District 2, Katrina Daniel in 4, and Robert Thomas in 10... Capital Tejano Democrats endorsed Mike Martinez for mayor, Delia Garza in District 2.

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