The Road to 10-1: Here Comes District 5

Local media-hosted City Council forums continue tonight at 7pm

The Road to 10-1: Here Comes District 5

Tonight City Council District 5 candidates will field questions about the area they hope to represent in the fifth media forum sponsored by the Chronicle, Austin Monitor, KUT-FM, KXAN-TV, and Univision. Time and place? ACC South Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane at 7pm.

Seven candidates square off in the District 5 race: Jason Denny, Dave Floyd, Mike Rodriguez, Ann Kitchen, CarolAnneRose Kennedy, Dave Senecal, and Dan Buda.

The largely white (59.5% Anglo) central/south district runs from Zilker, through Barton Hills down to Cherry Creek, and captures Southpark and Onion Creek on the east, nearly grazing the Hays County line. It’s comprised mostly of home owners, and the median family income is a relatively hefty $72,000. The strongly Democrat-leaning area is politically active and generates high voter turnout.

Transportation, traffic congestion, affordability, water conservation, and public safety are among the issues important to the district. After the destructive Onion Creek flooding and the slow city response time, candidates are promising to ensure stronger emergency preparedness for the area. Citizens in the southern part of the district have also complained of feeling underrepresented, compelling candidates to guarantee a louder voice on the Council dais.

The event is free and open to the public. However, for head-count purposes, please RSVP here if you'd like to attend.

For more on the candidates, check out our profiles here.

For a Campaign Snapshot of D5, read here.

For dates and locations of our upcoming forums, check our Ballot Boxing schedule. For a comprehensive list of candidate forums city-wide, click here.

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