Austin mayoral candidates vie for votes at LBJ School Friday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an open race, Austin residents will soon be faced with choosing their next mayor. The candidates met on Friday for a forum hosted by the Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

The Austin mayoral race includes six candidates: Anthony Bradshaw, Phil Campero Brual, Representative Celia Israel, Gary S. Spellman, Senator Kirk Watson and Jennifer Virden.

On Friday, five of the six candidates were on hand to answer questions from the audience and talk about how they would tackle some of Austin’s biggest issues, from affordability to homelessness.

All of the candidates in attendance cited this mayoral race as important to Austin residents. Two of the candidates noted their previous experience as elected officials.

“To be that woman who has been here since 1982 … I am ready to lead,” said Israel’s representative.

“It’s a slightly different city, but the experience is paying off,” Senator Watson said. “I was mayor when we went through the first tech boom, we created the first homeless resource center, the first affordable housing trust…many of the issues and challenges were the same even then, that experience will translate well.”

“This is the most pivotal election in Austin history,” Virden said.

KXAN has already highlighted each candidate, you can find their platforms and information about them in this story.

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