Austin election 2018: Winners, losers, and runoffs

The local items on Austin’s midterm election ballots were hardly the nail-biters that many state and national races became. Nevertheless, the results sent some clear messages about local leadership, growth, and change (as well as some more mixed messages in the former of runoffs). Result for council races and propositions are below.

Mayor

Incumbent Mayor Steve Adler defeated challenger Laura Morrison (as well as five other rivals who garnered a few votes), with a decisive 59 percent of the vote to Morrison’s 19 percent, according to KUT (the Austin Monitor put Adler’s lead at 61 percent). In his victory speech, the mayor characterized his big win as a mandate that the city wants to continue to “look forward. …. An overwhelming voice that says don’t listen to the voices of the status quo, the do-nothing voices, that get us lost in process, voices that don’t let us move forward at the scale of the size of the challenges that we have.” Adler, first elected in 2014, was presumably referring at least in part to Morrisson, who has questioned the process for CodeNEXT, the failed effort to overhaul city development code, and questioned the council’s transparency on such proposed…

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