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Election updates!

Fri., Sept. 5, 2014

Of the 78 candidates running in the various City Council races, 26 have signed the "Fair Campaign Contract" – intended to limit the amount of campaign contributions and expenditures allowed during a campaign, in exchange for the potential benefit of some public financing (i.e., in a run-off)... In District 3, Shaun Ireland's campaign has filed a complaint with the city's Ethics Com­mission, charging opponent Fred McGhee with violating the campaign finance ordinance by distributing a postcard mailer advertising McGhee's latest book (on Monto­polis) and promoting his candidacy – but not including the required campaign disclosure statement... Meanwhile, the city's Ethics Commission plans to evaluate a campaign disclosure complaint lodged by citizen activist Stefan Wray against District 3 candidate Susana Almanza this Friday, Sept. 5 (see Civics 101 for meeting details)... Looks like District 3 isn't the only district where the mud's flying: Two District 6 candidates face allegations of ineligibility to run for office. A Matt Stillwell supporter filed a protest with the City Clerk's office accusing Jay Wiley of using his River Place home as his principal place of residence – his kids go to River Place Ele­ment­ary, and the Wileys claimed a homestead exemption on their 2014 property taxes. River Place Municipal Utility District is currently under limited purpose annexation, which means that residents aren't eligible to run for Council. Wiley rented an apartment in Anderson Mill in December 2013 in order to be eligible for office. He says he's been candid about the issue and if elected, would fix the "loophole"... And Stillwell himself filed a protest against Mackenzie Kelly claiming Kelly may have violated Texas election laws by campaigning before filing her campaign treasurer designation. His evidence? Kelly tweeted pictures of signatures for her ballot petition before turning in her CTD. He asked the City Clerk's office to look into the matter; they declined.

Organizational endorsements (Austin Fire­fighters Association, Workers Defense Action Fund, etc.) are beginning to accumulate in the various campaigns; see those endorsements posted with the candidate ­profiles on the Chronicle's Elections page: ­austinchronicle.com/elections.

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