"...A long, contentious City Council race found District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo losing her re-election bid on Tuesday to rival Alison Alter, a political newcomer who's promised to put "community first" if elected. Early voting numbers posted by the Travis County clerk on Tuesday night showed the incumbent trailing by 32 points – a deficit that narrowed merely four points when Tuesday's votes were tallied..."
"...It was a crowded pool that resulted in a run-off election, which Gallo won by almost 10 points, after finishing well behind in the first round. Fast-forward to 2016, and the council member finds herself in a run-off again, this time against Alison Alter..."
"...On City Council, challenger Alison Alter held a commanding lead over incumbent Sheri Gallo in District 10, with 66% of the vote – 6,261 out of a total 9,601 ballots cast. At Austin Community College, where two seats on ACC’s Board of Trustees remained up for grabs, Sean Hassan (Place 4) jumped out to an early 29-point lead over Michael Lewis; in Place 9, Julie Ann Nitsch held a 17-point lead over her challenger, Guadalupe Sosa...."
"...Last week, Sheri Gallo drew a challenger in the City Council race for her District 10 seat: Alison Alter, the district's representative on the Parks and Recreation Board. Alter, who was appointed by Gallo last July, said she was recruited to run by residents who've expressed disappointment with the CM's leadership over the last two years...."
"...CMs Greg Casar and Pio Renteria argued on Tuesday that intent matters; they offered examples of candidates who might be barred against the spirit of the City Charter. Alison Alter countered that those candidates would be allowed under the proposed change – just not if they'll be adding to a commission whose membership includes the maximum amount of directly or indirectly connected individuals..."
"...Department of Justice that restricts its hiring, saw its overtime pay balloon to $21 million this year, and asked City Council for an additional $3.5 million out of budget reserves to cover those costs through the fiscal calendar. No one seemed happy about the request, which came before Council in May, but members acknowledged the necessity of the expense by passing the Item on a 7-4 vote, with CMs Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan, Ora Houston, and Ellen Troxclair voting against...."
"...In an unusual move, District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo has ousted her appointee, Alison Alter, as a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. The removal comes after Alter refused Gallo’s request that she resign from her post since she is challenging Gallo for her council seat...."
"...Commissioner Gerald Daugherty’s lead over David Holmes sits at only 1,700; it remains too close to call. In District 10, incumbent Sheri Gallo holds a 5,000-vote lead over primary challenger Alison Alter, but with two other candidates in the race, Gallo appears destined to fall short of 50%..."
"...Should we go on? Frankly, we believe Zimmerman is unfit to lead. But make no mistake: We're not choosing Flannigan because he's the only alternative..."
"...Interestingly, the two rookie CMs – Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter – both say they want to take closer looks at the budget process itself. Flannigan has proposed a two-year budget planning cycle instead of the current one-year process; Alter says Council needs to pay better attention to the budget implications of specific contract and even zoning decisions through the course of the year's agendas..."
"...9, Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr briefed Council on what the department has done to minimize those costs. After witnessing a pointed exchange between Kerr and Council Member Alison Alter, AFA representatives continued on to the city's Rutherford campus, and promptly began butting heads with city labor negotiators over the contract's hiring article...."
"...Philanthropic adviser Alison Alter was Gallo's first challenger. The Rosedale resident told the Chronicle back in July that she wants to be a "fresh voice" who puts "community first." She's criticized Gallo as catering to special interests, citing the incumbent's backing of the disputed Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development proposal..."
"...Gallo had her own Grove gaffe a few months later, when her appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board, Alison Alter, decided to challenge Gallo for her seat in the November election. After giving Alter the chance to resign – which she refused to do – Gallo removed her from the position and replaced her with former PARB member Susan Roth (see "Council Candidate Forced out of Parks Board," Aug..."
"...There's no shortage of controversy in the race for City Council District 10. This week, incumbent Sheri Gallo is being accused by her opponent of purposely omitting two voting locations where challenger Alison Alter polled well (including one in Alter's home district) during the Nov..."
"...Alison Alter echoed Casar's general characterization of the candidates, and said that Council's "goal has always been to make sure that we would have quality people and diversity. To the extent that we chose to remain confidential, it was to that goal." Alter said she is excited to continue the conversations, but that it is too soon to begin ranking the candidates..."
"...Champions Tract 3 sits in District 10, the district Council Member Alison Alter won handily in December's run-off, although she trailed Gallo in November's general election. Her upset was largely attributed to intensifying opposition over North Central/Northwest developments like the Grove at Shoal Creek and Austin Oaks, and the feeling that Gallo, a real estate agent, was too close to developers...."
"...The source of both the leak and the tweets remains unclear, though circumstantial evidence points to Mike Lavigne, an outspoken critic of Central Austin development as well as a spokesperson for the political action committee Arbor PAC. In the November election, that group supported both District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool and new D10 CM Alison Alter in two growth-focused races; Alter and Pool are the only two council members tagged in @arboratx's tweets..."
"...Zimmerman will be succeeded in January by Jimmy Flannigan, Gallo by Alison Alter. Flannigan defeated Zimmerman handily after narrowly losing to him in 2014, and Alter pounded Gallo in a run-off that the incumbent had entered only two percentage points from a majority...."
"...The shameful analogy belonged specifically to Council Member Alison Alter, who, frustrated by the refusal of her colleagues to immediately start jettisoning Planning commissioners on the grounds that too many might have professional ties to "development," accused them of failing their duty: "What would we do if a Planning commissioner was accused of being a sexual predator," she demanded. "If they were arrested and out on bail?"..."
"...A bit of consequent media circus invaded Council on Tuesday morning, when an HBO team briefly stationed cameras in the center of the Boards and Commissions room, planning to film Casar (who's become a national face of the movement) in action. Not only Troxclair was annoyed at the intrusion (the small room doesn't really accommodate film crews); Mayor Adler groused about setting an awkward precedent, and an embarrassed Casar switched seats with Alison Alter to enable the filming to continue from a corner area...."