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Council Member Ora Houston not seeking second term

AUSTIN (KXAN) — City Council Member Ora Houston announced Wednesday she will not be seeking a second term for her east Austin council seat.

Houston said she made the decision after "months of personal discernment and conversations with confidants."

"It has been a joy, privilege and a huge responsibility to represent the 'blended family' of District #1," Houston said.

The council member, who did not give specifics on why she was not seeking re-election, says there are major issues to address in her remaining seven months, writing: 

"The council must make equitable decisions on the land development code and associated chapters; the adoption of the FY 19 budget; the contents/amounts to include in the 2018 Bond Proposal to be voted on in November; the possibility of placing changes to the City Charter on the same ballot; and assuring that 'justice for all' is accountable, transparent, unbiased, effective, and affordable."

What's next for Houston? While she vows to remain an active voice in the city, Houston says it's "time to unclutter my home and look forward to checking off my ABC list — Alaska, Belize and Cuba."

Houston began her term on Jan. 6, 2015 and will close out her term on Jan. 6, 2019. 


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