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Council Countdown

The filing deadline for the May 6 City Council election was 5pm on Wednesday, March 22. Of the four positions on the ballot, two -- Place 2, being retired by Gus Garcia, who has served on the council for nine years, and Place 5, being vacated by UT professor Bill Spelman after statewide voters rejected a proposition that would have allowed him to be paid for his city service -- are open seats. The mayor, meanwhile, is running virtually unopposed; and, despite the incumbent's unpopularity among some Eastside constituents and an aborted challenge from local football hero Thomas Henderson, Council Member Willie Lewis has drawn only two opponents in the race to keep his Place 6 seat on the council dais.

Candidates for Austin City Council


Kirk Watson (incumbent; filed March 22)

Leslie Cochran (filed Feb. 25)

Jennifer Gale (filed Feb. 22)

Dale A. Reed (filed March 15)

Place 2

Raul Alvarez (filed March 10)

David "Breadman" Blakely (filed Feb. 24)

Monty Markland (filed March 3)

Gloria Mata Pennington (filed March 10)

Rafael Quintanilla (filed Feb. 22)

Place 5

Amy Babich (filed March 15)

Clare Barry (filed March 22)

Linda Curtis (filed March 22)

Paul "Chip" Howe (filed March 20)

Stephen "Twig" Meeks (filed March 22)

William P. "Will" Wynn (filed March 22)

Place 6

Willie Lewis (incumbent; filed March 15)

Nelson Elester Linder (filed March 1)

Danny Thomas (filed March 21)

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