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Adler wins re-election, Council seats headed towards runoffs

November 06, 2018 - 10:13 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Mayor Steve Adler will serve a second term, handily winning re-election Tuesday night, while three City Council seats appear headed to runoffs.

Adler led early voting with more than 61% of the votes cast, besting the field of seven challengers. Former City Council member Laura Morrison, considered to be Adler's biggest challenger, garnered just under 20 percent of the early vote.

In District 1, incumbent Ora Houston's decision not to run for re-election opened the door for a field of six challengers. With about a third of Election Day votes counted, Natasha Harper-Madison and Mariana Salazar led the field with each picking up just over 25 percent of the vote.

District 3 also appears headed for a runoff, with incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria picking up just over 48 percent and challenger Susana Almanza picking up just over 21 percent.

In District 8, a seat being vacated by Ellen Troxclair, Paige Ellis leads a field of four candidates with just under 31 percent of the vote. Her runoff opponent will be Frank Ward, with just under 25 percent of the vote.

Kathie Tovo will keep her seat on the council, winning a four-person race in District 9 with just under 53 percent of the vote.

A runoff election will take place on Tuesday, December 11.

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