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D4 race heats up, gives D3 competition for "most contentious"
Mayoral candidate Sheryl Cole is celebrating her endorsement by EMILY's List, the national PAC that focuses on electing "pro-choice, Democratic women to office." She said, "I'm thrilled and humbled to be endorsed by EMILY's List. It is an honor to join the ranks of other amazing Texas women like Mayor Annise Parker, Senator Wendy Davis, and of course, Governor Ann Richards"... Mayoral hopeful Todd Phelps is robo-calling voters (at least some of them Democrats) to tell them he's a Republican, something he hasn't mentioned on the stump... Curious Coincidence? Among the candidates endorsed by Better Austin Today (aka "BAT PAC") is District 1's Ora Houston – her campaign treasurer Sunny Ogunro, also a paid campaign employee, is on the BAT PAC board... D3 candidate Shaun Ireland has renewed his attack of opponent Jose Valera's paltry voting record in an exasperated campaign mailer that reads, "If you've voted at all, you're doing better than Jose Valera. Jose hasn't voted in 6 years. 6 years?!"... D3's Eric Rangel charged supporters of D3 candidate Susana Almanza with violating polling place laws at Ruiz Library on the first day of early voting. However, the Travis County Elections Division tells Newsdesk they investigated the complaint and discovered no evidence of illegal electioneering... The D4 contest is getting to be (almost) as contentious as D3. Last week Laura Pressley was accusing Greg Casar of "rampantly lying" in a mailer that said that the Austin Tea Party is among Pressley's "supporting" groups (the Tea Party had praised her as a "future leader"). Meanwhile, Sharon Mays, Katrina Daniel, and Roberto Perez Jr. released a video blasting Casar for the mailer and for only recently moving into the District (as did Pressley, Monica Guzmán, and Marco Mancillas)... Casar is also being targeted by his opponents as a former "lobbyist" (for the Workers Defense Project)... Finally, Pressley's campaign released a video of her and Mancillas, who said that he's decided to endorse Pressley. Mancillas also mentioned the endorsement on his Facebook page, writing, "Time has changed and it's time to move forward in another direction"... Maybe a Broadsword Too? D1 candidate Andrew Bucknall is calling on medieval magic to help him vanquish his opponents – reporting that his father recently gave him a "Merlin Stone" (gathered from the site of England's legendary Arthurian Tintagel Castle) as a good omen: "A little luck and a lot of hope ... can help us find strength in diversity"... While there is plenty of competition on the campaign trail, Narcissist of the Week Award goes to D3 candidate Fred McGhee, who posted to Facebook his approval of last week's Chronicle cover story, "Green Is the New Black" – a profile of the fledgling Huston-Tillotson University student environmental group – but complained that it omitted... any mention of Fred McGhee and his many accomplishments. Hope they're adding more mirrors in that council chamber refit. Oh, and for the record, H-T is in District 1... D6 candidates are ready for Halloween: Mackenzie Kelly posted photos of herself bodypainted as Mystique from the X-Men, for an event hosted by KLBJ's Dudley and Bob, and Matt Stillwell plans to rally "Zombies for Stillwell" at the Anderson Mill Limited District early voting location at noon on Halloween.
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