Burleson Heights is hosting an informal meeting with the candidates for the newly created District 3 City Council seat.
Under the 10-1 plan approved by Austin voters in 2012, Austin will be divided into 10 districts, each represented by one City Cοuncil member elected by residents in that district. The City Council will no longer be elected by Austinites at large.
Burleson Heights and the Burleson-Parker neighborhoods are in District 3, which includes parts of East, South and Southeast Austin. View a PDF of the district map, or enter your address in the city portal to find out which district you’re in. You can learn more about the Austin City Council and the new 10-1 districting plan from the City of Austin websites.
Following the Nov. 4 election, the new City Council will take office on Jan. 1, 2015.
So far six of the 12 candidates have confirmed that they will attend. Candidates who have qualified for the ballot include:
- Susana Almanza, director of the nonprofit People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources
- Mario Cantu, EMT/paramedic
- Julian Fernandez, musician
- Chris Hoerster, student
- Shaun Ireland, intergovernmental affairs director of a natural resources business
- Fred McGhee, archaeologist/author/professor
- Kent Phillips, pharmacy technician
- Jose Quintero, project foreman
- Eric Rangel, special projects coordinator at Texas Department of Transportation
- Sabino “Pio” Renteria, retired customer service representative for IBM
- Ricardo Turullols-Bonilla, high school science teacher
- Jose Valera, attorney and restaurant owner
The event will be held outdoors, and residents are welcome to drop by and visit. Water will be available, but you may also bring other drinks or snacks.
City Council candidates meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 28
Where: 2809 Ware Road
Update: The Austin American-Statesman profiled the 12 District 3 candidates in a Sept. 23 article.