Austin City Council District 8 race heading to runoff

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Voters in District 8 will not learn who will represent them in Austin City Council Tuesday night. No candidate received the needed 50 percent of the vote.

The seat, currently held by Ellen Troxclair, the city’s only conservative council member, is heading to a runoff election.

Paige Ellis, a marketing and public involvement specialist for an environmental consulting firm; Frank Ward, who currently serves on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board; Bobby Levinski, an environmental attorney who served as a policy advisor for three Austin City Council members; and Rich DePalma the vice chair of the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, all ran for the seat.

Preliminary totals, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, show Ellis in the lead with 31 percent of the vote, followed by Ward, Levinski and DePalma with 24, 24, and 22 percent of the vote respectively.

District 8 is in southwest Austin.

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