The City Council election will be in November 2022

Austin Mayor

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Celia Israel has represented the 50th District in the Texas House of Representatives since winning a special election in 2014. She serves on the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, & Tourism and the House Insurance Committee. She is a member of the Legislative Study Group, Women's Health Caucus, Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and is a founding member of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus. She previously served as vice chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, overseeing the Steering and Policy Committee. In 2019, she was chosen to lead the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee.

During her first term in the legislature, she was named Freshman of the Year by the Legislative Study Group, a Champion of Equality by Equality Texas and a Progressive Champion by Progress Texas. In 2018, Rep. Israel was inducted into the Austin Women's Hall of Fame. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, she served in Gov. Ann Richards’ administration.

https://www.celiaforaustin.com/

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Gary Spellman is the co-founder of Ultimate Face Cosmetics, producer of cosmetic products in Round Rock. He also is a co-founder of the annual Peace, Love, and Happiness Ride, an event that has raised over a million dollars for the 100 Club of Central Texas, which provides financial support to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty in 32 counties surrounding Houston. He also serves on the board of several companies such as Eco Outlaw, Tri Carbon Energy, and The Backyard.

https://spellmanformayor.org

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Kathie Tovo represents District 9 on the Austin City Council. She was first elected to the Council in 2011 and was re-elected 2015 and 2018. She was also selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem 2015-2018. Before taking office, she taught writing and interdisciplinary studies at the college level and worked at Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also is former president of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association and vice president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council. Tovo has served on many city and school district boards and task forces, including the Planning Commission, the Create Austin task force, the Families and Children Task Force, and AISD’s Community Committee on Neighborhoods and Schools. Her Council service includes chairing the Audit and Finance Subcommittee and serving on the Planning and Neighborhoods, Open Space and Sustainability, and Health and Human Services Committees along with the Joint Subcommittee of the City of Austin, AISD, and Travis County and the Police Retirement Board.

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Jennifer Virden, a Republican, is a real estate broker and remodeling general contractor. She is a graduate of Doss Elementary School, Murchison Middle School, Anderson High School and the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance. In high school, she worked in law offices conducting real estate closings and preparing title policies. While attending UT-Austin, she worked a manufacturing job at the old IBM facility where The Domain is now. Shortly after, she went to work with Dell Technologies. Later she managed over 20 single-family homes in East Austin, part of a City of Austin low-income housing development’s lease-to-own program. She’s a resident of District 10.

 

www.jenniferforaustin.com

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Kirk Watson served as mayor of Austin from 1997 to 2001. In 2006, he was elected to the Texas Senate from District 14, serving until 2020. In 1991, he was appointed by Gov. Ann Richards to chair the Texas Air Control Board, charged with addressing air quality issues in Texas. He was vice-chair of the committee that oversaw the creation of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. And he chaired the Travis County Democratic Party in the mid-90s. He has chaired the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Advisory Board of Environmental Defense. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas and president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He also chaired the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the primary transportation planning agency for Central Texas.

He received the President’s Citation from The University of Texas at Austin and the Pro Texana Medal of Service from Baylor University. The Baylor Line Foundation (formerly the Baylor Alumni Association) named him a Distinguished Alumnus. Austin Community College awarded him an honorary degree. He was named Austinite of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at UT Austin awarded him the inaugural Civic Champion Award in 2020. In 2021, the Austin Parks Foundation gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

https://www.kirkwatson.com/

City Council District 8

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Paige Ellis, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 to represent District 8 – Southwest Austin. She is vice-chair of the Housing and Planning Committee and serves on the Mobility Committee and Austin Energy Oversight Committee. She is the appointee to Capital Area Council of Governments’ Clean Air Coalition, the Clean Air Force of Central Texas Board of Directors, the Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition, the Regional Affordability Committee and as an alternate on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Transportation Policy Board. Before elected, she worked for an environmental firm specializing in environmental compliance on housing development and regional transportation projects. She has been a volunteer coordinator for the Texas Book Festival and Keep Austin Beautiful and a supporter of the Barton Springs Conservancy, the Zilker Botanical Garden and The Trail Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

https://www.paigeforaustin.org/

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Richard Smith is an Austin intellectual property (IP) attorney and former administrative patent judge (APJ). He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas and became a science and biology teacher in Houston. In 1979, he enrolled at the University of Houston Law School and clerked at IP forms before receiving his juris doctorate. In addition to practicing law, he has taught at the University of Texas at Austin Law School and has served as a member of the Federal Legislation Committee of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as an APJ from 2015 to 2021 and is a member of Austin’s Board of Adjustment. He is a member of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and American Association of Patent Judges.

https://richardsmithatx.com/