The results are in. Austin officially has a new City Council. Alison Alter beat out incumbent City Council Member Sheri Gallo in a runoff election last week to fill the final seat in City Hall.
For those who aren’t familiar, Austin’s City Council has 10 seats (plus the mayor). Half of those seats were up for election this November. However, in the race for the District 10 City Council seat, no single candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing the election to a runoff between Alison Alter and Sheri Gallo. That election was held on Tuesday.
Here are the final results:
Alison Alter – 63.98 percent
Sheri Gallo – 36.02 percent
Voter turnout in northwest Austin’s District 10 (which was the only district allowed to vote in the District 10 City Council race) was 22.31 percent.
Two Austin Community College Board of Trustee races also ended up in a runoff election. Those winners were Sean Hassan and Julie Ann Nitsch. Voter turnout for the ACC runoff election was 4.46 percent.
What does this election mean for Austin’s City Council?
In January, two new City Council members (Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan) will be sworn into office and three incumbents (Delia Garza, Greg Casar, Leslie Pool) will begin new terms.
Here’s the full list of Austin’s 2017 City Council:
District 1 – Ora Houston
District 2 – Delia Garza
District 3 – Sabino “Pio” Renteria
District 4 – Greg Casar
District 5 – Ann Kitchen
District 6 – Jimmy Flannigan
District 7 – Leslie Pool
District 8 – Ellen Troxclair
District 9 – Kathie Tovo
District 10 – Alison Alter
Mayor – Steve Adler
Remember these names! Even if you have never followed along with local government before, it is never too late to start. These are the people who have been elected to represent you. They will decide how our city grows and develops, what our future transportation system will look like, and how affordable our city will be. These are big issues that many Austinites care about. If they matter to you, then be aware of this list of names. We will help you stay up-to-date on what they’re working on.