"...With all votes counted, newcomers Natasha Harper-Madison and Paige Ellis and incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria won the last remaining Austin City Council races, while Arati Singh and Stephanie Gharakhanian will be joining the Austin ISD and Austin Community College boards of trustees, respectively...."
"...With all votes counted, newcomers Natasha Harper-Madison and Paige Ellis and incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria have triumphed in the last remaining Austin City Council races, while Arati Singh and Stephanie Gharakhanian will be joining the Austin ISD and Austin Community College boards of trustees...."
"...It's already a good night for Natasha Harper-Madison and Sabino "Pio" Renteria, as the Austin City Council District 1 and 3 contests looked pretty well settled as soon as early-vote results were released at 7pm. In District 8, Paige Ellis isn't quite out of the woods, but still has a substantial lead...."
"...Locally, a lot has held: Steve Adler will be mayor again, and Kathie Tovo likely his pro tem. There'll be three City Council run-offs: It's looking like Natasha Harper-Madison and Mariana Salazar in District 1 (with Vincent Harding on the wing), Pio Renteria and Susana Almanza in District 3, and Paige Ellis and Frank Ward or Bobby Levinski in District 8..."
"...Voters repudiated the establishment Tuesday by sending two outsiders to a run-off: Mariana Salazar and Natasha Harper-Madison. In a crowded field of six candidates, plus a write-in, the run-off itself is no surprise..."
"...• Harper-Madison's Home Under Scrutiny: City Council District 1 candidate Natasha Harper-Madison defended herself this week against a charge that she's ineligible to compete in the D1 run-off on residency grounds. A client represented by attorney Matthew Tynan filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission, citing Section 145.003 of the Texas Election Code and alleging that Harper-Madison, who finished second in the six-way contest on Nov..."
"...District 1: Natasha Harper-Madison and Vincent Harding..."
"...It's a good thing he's got his bearings, because the upcoming year, which formally began with Monday's swearing-in of both new (Paige Ellis and Natasha Harper-Madison) and returning (Mayor Steve Adler, Ann Kitchen, Pio Renteria, Kathie Tovo) council members, isn't likely to prove any lighter a load. He'll earn the pay raise Council gave him at the end of last year as he reinvents CodeNEXT, spends the money voters approved in the 2018 and 2016 bonds, implements the long-gestating Austin Strategic Mobility Plan in conjunction with Capital Metro's Project Connect, and tackles the homelessness crisis facing every corner of the city..."
"...29. At press time, the County Clerk does not yet have a list of polling places; it'll be posted at www.traviscountyelections.org. Austin City Council, District 1: Natasha Harper-Madison..."
"...Though there was no candidate in the District 1 race who runs so adamantly in lockstep with preservationists as outgoing CM Ora Houston, a Mariana Salazar/Natasha Harper-Madison run-off means that the Eastside district's representation will come from the other end of the land use spectrum; while Harper-Madison has the unapologetic support of the Real Estate Council of Austin, Salazar is also popular among many in the urbanist community. Score one for the densification alliance already represented by Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan, and Greg Casar...."
"...Meanwhile, in District 3's sibling-rivalry encore presentation, the oft-elusive Susana Almanza slammed her brother/opponent, incumbent Pio Renteria, for turning the district into the "most unaffordable" one, for which she was rapped on the knuckles by the moderator for making "personal attacks." By contrast, District 1 contenders Mariana Salazar and Natasha Harper-Madison amicably agreed on expanding health care, parks, and grocery stores and improving relations with Austin police......"
"...So what's that mean for dais dynamics? Let's go to our endorsements. Should everybody we endorse win in November (and Vincent Harding beat Natasha Harper-Madison), the next iteration of Council will be split ....."
"...Long before founding East Austin Advocates to serve the community around her, Natasha Harper-Madison thought her calling was to dominate the start-up field and leverage that to become a philanthropist. In other words, she wanted to make a lot of money and give most of it away..."
"...Natasha Harper-Madison The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport, 512/730-0759 7-11pm D1 candidate Natasha Harper-Madison hosts her second election watch party with music and soul food. All ages welcome. District 3..."
"...Gotta Have Friends: The Friends of Austin Neighborhoods has issued its city election endorsements, based on a poll of its 17 member neighborhood associations as well as at-large individual members. The favored candidates and propositions include Mayor Steve Adler; Natasha Harper-Madison (D1); CM Pio Renteria (D3); Rich DePalma (D8); Danielle Skidmore (D9); and "No consensus" for D5, where incumbent Ann Kitchen is unopposed..."
"...Conway's opponent Natasha Harper-Madison is facing a little heat this week after the Statesman reported on her dual residency. NHM has rented a house on 13th Street with a roommate since October of 2016, but owns a home with her husband, an Austin firefighter, in the Williamson County part of Northwest Austin, and her two kids attend school in the Round Rock ISD..."
"...She also expressed skepticism about the concept of new urbanism, a popular ideology among a significant wing of city politics, because of the environmental and displacement implications of density. While Avini acknowledged that her opponents hold an early advantage over her, particularly former Travis County Democratic Party Chair Vincent Harding and East 12th Street Merchant's Association President Natasha Harper-Madison, she said her platform will make up for that deficit..."
"...• With incumbent Ora Houston not in the race for City Council District 1, there's a lot of money up for grabs in the race to become the East Austin district's next representative. And while Natasha Harper-Madison brought in $12,240 in contributions, Mariana Salazar claims $7,035, and Lewis Conway Jr..."
"...For a community of elders, the process would be unmanageable. Natasha Harper-Madison, a District 1 City Council candidate who's president of the East 12th Street Merchant's Association and founder of East Austin Advocates, has been working to help Allen and the society navigate the already complicated situation..."
"...On the candidate side, the city and school board campaigns have remained relatively stable: Steve Adler has raised and spent close to four times as much as Laura Morrison; Vincent Harding and Natasha Harper-Madison have the most cash on hand in D1; incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria has an overwhelming cash advantage in D3; Frank Ward and Rich DePalma lead the pack in the D8 contest; and Danielle Skidmore raised more but spent less than incumbent Kathie Tovo in D9. All these races could go to run-off, at which point the survivors can go back and get more $350 checks from their donors...."