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"...Democrats are rolling out the big guns in D8, with Doggett and County Judge-elect Sarah Eckhardt holding a fundraiser at former state Rep. Valinda Bolton's home for run-off contender Ed Scruggs..."
"...The 10-1 City Council run-off campaigns proceed, with an Austin Monitor poll reporting attorney Steve Adler with a commanding 56-35% lead over Council Member Mike Martinez, despite an initial round 37-30% vote. The run-off is Dec..."
"...A Sign of Support: District 3 run-off candidate Pio Renteria has won over former D3 opponent and paramedic Mario Cantu (10% of the district vote), who spent last week putting up large signs for the Renteria campaign.... Pay Up PODER? In a heated exchange over the Austin Neighborhood Council (ANC) listserv, Renteria supporters Delwin Goss and Stefan Wray charged Almanza's PODER with failing to pay property taxes on a previously owned property on East Cesar Chavez Street..."
"...10 Get out the Vote rally featuring national leaders of AFSCME, the Laborers' International Union, and the International Association of Firefighters (Parque Zaragoza, noon)... How to Waste $20,000: Sunday's Statesman featured a two-page ad attacking alleged "Invisible Man" David Butts (longtime Austin campaign consultant) for allegedly "controlling the City Council" along with other (unnamed) lawyer/"fixers." The ad – paid for by the previously unknown "Coalition of Austin Neighborhoods" – urges readers to vote against four of "Butts' candidates" in the run-off, but curiously omits two others, including mayoral candidate Adler, Butts' major client in this cycle....."
"...A long and contentious election season comes to a close. As run-off results come in for the mayoral and Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10 races, we’ll update here and @ACNewsdesk..."
"...Special elections are a little bit of a movable feast. The last time a November special election that lead to a run-off was back in 2008, after Kyle Janek stood down in House District 17..."
"...Foes Now Friends: Former mayoral candidates Todd Phelps (10%) and Randall Stephens (1.8%) have endorsed run-off candidate Steve Adler for mayor. Phelps said an Adler win is in the "best interest of preserving the culture and soul of Austin," while Stephens tweeted for Martinez to withdraw....."
"...That meant a run-off, if DeWayne Lofton, second at 14%, decided to go on, and Wednesday afternoon he told the Chronicle that he intends to do so. He said Houston was largely supported by "establishment" interests who helped her with funding and organization skills; that she couldn't win outright sends "a clear message that she's not as strong a candidate as they said she was." Also working in his favor, he believes, is a low-turnout mid-December run-off, with his supporters more likely to stay the course...."
"...8) STILLWELL MAILER MELTDOWN A couple of weeks before the November election, D6 candidate Matt Stillwell released a mailer that listed the marital status and number of children of each of the district's candidates. While Stillwell lost the election, the "family values" tactic made it into the run-off – Texas Values Action sent out a mailer contrasting Zimmerman's anti-gay and anti-choice bona fides with Jimmy Flannigan's pro-LGBT rights and pro-choice stance, while Pressley accused D4 opponent Greg Casar of not only being single, but also an atheist...."
"...Our election coverage in this issue, beginning on p.32, describes each of the run-off races, identifying frontrunners in each City Council race, whose vote totals range from 49% of the vote (Ora Houston in D1) to 21% (Susana Almanza in D3). And of course the obvious question for each of them is: Where do I find those extra voters to get above 50%? For Houston, that looks pretty easy: pick up just a few of the 36% of voters who voted for someone else in the first round, and she's there..."
"...The campaign finance reporting period for mayoral and City Council run-off races covered the period from Oct. 26 to Dec..."
"...Comparing election turnout, year on year, is part statistics, part voodoo. It's basically entrail-reading, but if anyone was expecting some divine forces to boost voter participation in Austin's run-off elections, they better sacrifice some more goats...."
"...What's in a name? If you're an AISD trustee candidate, it could be the difference between making the run-off and ending up a loser. What's worse is the creeping suspicion that voters effectively racially profiled their candidates of choice...."
"...Twelve years ago, when he first ran for District 7 in the Austin Independent School District, "It was the PTA folks who ran for the board." That means, a decade ago, a candidate like former Austin Council of PTAs president Monica Sanchez would have romped home in District 6. Instead, this time she was third in a three-horse race, not even making the run-off..."
"...How long should the Austin Independent School District wait to hire a new superintendent? With three trustee elections headed to run-offs, new board members may only have a couple of weeks to hire a new CEO...."