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KevinFromTexas Nov 13, 2008 5:29 PM

Austin Elections and Politics Thread

Strayhorn seeks run for Austin mayor

By Katie Humphrey


Thursday, November 13, 2008

One of the most recognizable grandmas in Austin appears to be running for mayor — again.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn , Austin's mayor from 1977 to 1983, filed paperwork Wednesday appointing a campaign treasurer for a mayoral bid in May 2009. The filing with the city clerk's office allows Strayhorn to begin raising and spending money on a mayoral campaign, but it does not officially place her name on the ballot.

KevinFromTexas Nov 13, 2008 5:30 PM

Travis County not exactly Strayhornville

urbanactivist Nov 13, 2008 6:02 PM

I don't understand... why is she running for mayor AGAIN???? What's the point?

She's one tough Grandma alright... and it's getting tougher and tougher for her to get elected!

Jdawgboy Nov 13, 2008 7:01 PM

Im sorry but I just don't think she can win especially if McCrackin runs. The fact that she is now a republican is not going to help her in Liberal Austin. She was a Democrat when she was mayor the first time but this time her past wont help her.

Scottolini Nov 13, 2008 8:05 PM

I would not vote for her, but I bet she can get 15 to 20% of the vote, and it looks to be a crowded mayoral race. I see a runoff waiting to happen.

So essentially she'll force another expensive election for the city, which she'll probably not even be a part of, as I doubt she'll be one of the top two in votes.

She should retire already!:yes:

M1EK Nov 14, 2008 4:52 PM

Strayhorn could actually spoil it for McCracken. As much as I think McCracken's approach is the most progressive that can actually work among the major candidates, there's a lot of self-identified progressives who would never go for him because they buy the idea that we can simply say "no growth" (thanks, ANC idiots!) - so he's got to pick up some right-ish people to win.

M1EK Nov 14, 2008 6:29 PM

By the way, I could use some reinforcements at Burnt Orange Report - the BATPACers are out early and often, exemplified by the KUT radio host who is more in the tank for BATPAC than Morrison herself, as far as I can tell.

MichaelB Nov 15, 2008 3:47 AM

She would be such a step backwards. Make me shiver just thinking about it . Yuck.

Scottolini Nov 15, 2008 7:30 PM

I will say this, as much whining and complaining we hear from certain segments of this city, the voters seem to almost always keep my faith that the majority of people in this city are indeed not obnoxious NIMBYs. From prop. 2 failing, to those crappy SOS charter amendments being shot down decisively, the continued support of Austin schools, by and large progressive council members being continually elected (Morrison the exception), etc. The voters of this city continue to remind me that even though certain groups make a lot of noise, and get media coverage, I can and should have faith that they will usually make good decisions for this city. Still like-minded people, don't rest on your laurels, we must continue to vote en masse to not let the people filled with fear and anger control our city's future. Sermon over.:D

KevinFromTexas Nov 15, 2008 11:23 PM

I won't choose her, but at least she pointed out on election night that Sarah Palin wasn't qualified. Just then my faith meter for her twitched. :haha: I heard on the radio in the morning last week that the reason she's running again is that she's an attention whore. She does seem to stick around. I'm surprised that she'd run for mayor of Austin 30 years after holding that office twice, and after losing a bid for governor.

arbeiter Nov 16, 2008 12:03 AM

While Carole Keeton Last Name Of the Week is among the more sensible Republicans in Texas, she's still too conservative for Austin. Back in the early 80's not only was Austin a different place, but she was somewhat more liberal.

breathesgelatin Nov 17, 2008 7:04 AM

What the heck would her platform be?

Honestly, she terrifies me.

shane453 Nov 17, 2008 7:39 AM

Hart to compete with a guy named Will Wynn.

KevinFromTexas Nov 17, 2008 6:41 PM

^ His 2nd term is coming to an end, though. And I'm not sure about it, but I don't think he could run for a 3rd (consecutive) term. He could come back the next time around though.

M1EK Apr 10, 2009 5:53 PM

2009 Austin elections
Some endorsement posts:

Place 1:

Austin Contrarian for Chris Riley

Burnt Orange Report for Chris Riley

M1EK for Chris Riley

ANC for Perla Cavazos

M1EK Apr 10, 2009 7:11 PM

Some combined endorsements (unless otherwise noted, assume the non-mayor non-Place1 race went as obvious):

League of Bicycling Voters for Leffingwell, Riley

KevinFromTexas Apr 13, 2009 7:36 PM

Bill Spelman, who was a councilman in the 90s is coming back, and he's running unopposed.

Former Austin council member returns


Originally Posted by article above
Spelman still professes loyalty to the neighborhood and environmental groups that elected him in 1997 to wage the political war at the time between them and Austin developers. But now, nine years after he stepped away from the council and watched Austin change, the lanky, 51-year-old urban policy professor says his perspective on governing has broadened.

Saddle Man Apr 13, 2009 10:48 PM

Single member districts could be forced on the city.

Jdawgboy Apr 14, 2009 2:07 AM

Yea honestly I really don't know what to think at this time about the issue of single districts. I don't think the state should force the city to do that. At first thought, I am opposed to single districts in Austin. Though honestly I would like to learn more about what it would mean for single member districts in Austin and what it would do to the city government and how it would affect the future of Austin. One thing I believe that has helped Austin stay Austin with the natural area's and the environmental stance as well as a denser urban core as opposed to super sprawl is the fact that Austin votes all council members city wide.

Saddle Man Apr 14, 2009 3:19 AM

If you think NAs are bad, just wait until you have to deal with SMDs too.

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