Former City Council Member Kathie Tovo announces run for Austin mayor

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo has officially announced she intends to run for mayor, according to a release Thursday.

Tovo served on the city council from 2011 to 2023 as an at-large member of the council and later for District 9.

“I’m still committed to these same progressive values: equity, honest government and standing up for women, workers, immigrants and our LGBTQIA+ community. You can also count on me to fight against bad plans like the I-35 expansion and the State’s attacks on our local freedoms.

This campaign will be about engaging with Austinites throughout the city to craft a vision where every Austinite has the opportunity to succeed and thrive,” Tovo said in a release.

Tovo told KXAN in 2021 that she was “strongly considering” a run for mayor then, but ultimately did not.

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Austin Mayor Kirk Watson has not officially made his campaign announcement, but told KXAN in an interview last week that he intends to run.

Watson served as mayor from 1997-2001 and took office again in early 2023. The mayor will serve two years, instead of four because Austin voted to have its election run concurrent to the presidential one. It means the national stage will play a bigger role in Austin politics moving forward.

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