City Council Runoffs: Get out the REALTOR® vote!
As they say, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over! The November elections have passed and ABoR is celebrating the wins of two of our endorsed candidates and bond propositions. However, there are Runoff Elections in three Austin City Council districts, so if you live in those areas, find out who the REALTOR®-friendly candidates are and get out the vote!
Early voting polls are open from Nov. 29 through Dec. 7 and Election Day is Dec. 11.
Historically, voter turnout in runoff elections is very low – so your voice matters more now than ever. It’s important that you find time to vote because our elected officials directly influence the ordinances and policies that shape Austin's housing market, affordability, mobility, and our industry.
In this runoff election, ABoR is proud to support:
- Natasha Harper-Madison in District 1 (East & Northeast Austin)
- Sabino “Pio” Renteria in District 3 (Central, East & South Austin)
- Frank Ward in District 8 (South & Southwest Austin)
So how are ABoR-endorsed candidates chosen? As the largest trade association in the city of Austin, ABoR is proud to represent a diverse membership of over 13,000 REALTORS®. When making endorsements for public office, our volunteers consider the needs of our members and their clients. Your Legislative Management Team (LMT) dives deep into the issues that impact the community, your businesses, and your clients. The LMT also gets to know the candidates and evaluates them on the issues that matter most to you: affordability, transportation, education, and public safety.
The good news is that two ABoR-endorsed candidates won re-election without a runoff: incumbents Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Ann Kitchen. In the general election, ABoR also supported Austin Bond Propositions A-G, all of which passed. These bonds represent a needed investment in the future of Austin and in maintaining a sustainable city that continues to grow and attract people from around the world. Austin last passed a comprehensive bond package in 2012, and since then has welcomed over 130,000 residents.
Polls are open for early voting from November 29 through December 7, and Election Day is December 11. If you live in Austin City Council District 1, 3, or 8, we hope you’ll consider voting for the ABoR endorsed candidate on your ballot. Find your district here.
As real estate professionals, your lives and business are impacted by decisions at City Hall every day. It is more important than ever for the real estate industry to have a seat at the table.
If you have any questions about the election process or need more information, please contact Jeni Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.