2022 Election Forum Coming October 19

August 23rd, 2022

It’s time to start thinking about the next election! Our District 10 councilmember isn’t up for election this time, but we, like all other Austinites, get to vote in the election of the mayor. The filing date has now passed, so we know that there are seven candidates for Mayor. We’ll also be voting on an AISD school bond issue, and there may be other items from the City of Austin on the ballot.

On Wednesday, October 19, starting at 6:30 PM, NWACA and more than a dozen other neighborhoods will join to host an online non-partisan informational forum, with most of the candidates for mayor attending. Tony Plohetski will moderate the session, using only pre-submitted questions.

To submit a question for the candidates for mayor, please use this question link by October 1. Since we are likely to get many similar questions, we will consolidate those. We will ask as many questions as time allows during the forum. Each candidate will be asked to answer each question, as well as giving both an opening and a closing statement.

In addition to the candidate portion of the forum, we will also provide brief information about other items on the ballot.

To attend the forum, you must register in advance for the Zoom session at this forum link.

More details can be found in this flyer about the event.

Here's a brief desicription of the candidate for mayor, courtesty of the Community Impact newspaper:
• Anthony Bradshaw: a security guard who has resided in the city for more than 38 years and lives in South Austin
• Phil Campero Brual: a student, legislative intern and Southwest Austin resident who has lived in the city for nearly 22 years
• Celia Israel: a Realtor and state representative for House District 50 now living in North Austin with one year of residency in the city
• Gary S. Spellman: a Northwest Austin salesman and co-founder of the Ultimate Face Cosmetics beauty brand with 25 years of residency in the city
• Jennifer Virden: a real estate broker from Austin's northwest side who has lived in the city for 55 years
• Kirk Watson: an attorney and former Austin mayor and state senator who lives in Central Austin and with 26 years of residency in the city

If you are unable to attend this forum, there is a forum for candidates for mayor the following evening, October 20 at 7:30 PM, being conducted by the City of Austin and the City's Ethics Review Commission. For details on that event, see this City link.

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