AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three of the five city council seats up for grabs this election are projected to go to a December runoff. This comes as nearly 30 people ran to represent Austinites on the dais.
Incumbent District 8 Austin City Council Member Paige Ellis will maintain her seat on council, securing just over 60% of the vote. Her fellow incumbent, Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, has also won re-election of her seat.
Elsewhere in council races comes the high probability of December runoffs, as the top-performing candidate would need to secure more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Districts 3, 5 and 9 races are expected to go to runoffs with the top two candidates.
Austin City Council District 1
Four candidates appeared on Austin’s District 1 voter ballots: Misael D. Ramos, Clinton Rarey, Melonie House-Dixon and incumbent Natasha Harper-Madison.
Harper-Madison won with 12,731 votes (52.23%). Ramos got 6,035 votes (25.23%), House-Dixon received 2,637 (11.03%) and Rarey had 2,514 (10.51%).
Austin City Council District 3
Six candidates were up for consideration to represent District 3 on the Austin City Council. José Velásquez, Daniela Silva, Gavino Fernandez, Jr., José Noé Elías, Yvonne Weldon and Esala Wueschner.
KXAN is projecting José Velásquez and Daniela Silva will head to runoff elections for this district. Velásquez received 7,650 votes (36.43%) and Silva received 7,228 (34.42%). Elías got 2,308 votes (10.99%), Weldon had 1,938 (9.23%), Fernandez had 1,070 (5.10%) and Wueschner had 806 (3.84%).
Austin City Council District 5
There were six people running for District 5: Ryan Alter, Bill Welch, Ken Craig, Stephanie Bazan, Aaron Velazquez Webman and Brian Anderson II.
Heading to runoff elections will be Stephanie Bazan (9,568 votes or 29.30%) and Ryan Alter (7,903 votes or 24.20%). Craig got 6,247 votes (19.13%), Welch got 4,850 (14.85%), Velazquez Webman had 3,289 (10.07%) and Anderson had 794 (1.43%).
Austin City Council District 8
KXAN projects Paige Ellis wins Austin City Council District 8 after garnering 20,433 votes, or 57.77%.
Four candidates, including one incumbent, threw their hats in the ring in Austin City Council’s District 8 race. The candidates were: Paige Ellis, Richard Smith, Antonio D. Ross and Kimberly P. Hawkins.
Smith got 10,055 votes (28.43%), Hawkins got 3,298 (9.32%) and Ross had 1,584 (4.48%).
Austin City Council District 9
One of the most crowded races this November was District 9, which covers large chunks of downtown Austin including the University of Texas at Austin. The candidates were: Zena Mitchell, Zohaib “Zo” Qadri, Greg Smith, Joah Spearman, Kym Olson, Ben Leffler, Linda Guerrero and Tom Wald.
KXAN projected Zohaib “Zo” Qadri (10,759 votes or 29.94%) and Linda Guerrero (8,028 votes or 22.34%) will advance to runoffs for this district.
Leffler got 7,632 (21.24%), Smith had 3,144 (8.75%), Spearman received 1,944 (5.41%), Wald got 1,862 (5.18%), Mitchell had 1,540 (4.29%) and Olson had 1,022 (2.84%).