City Council, mayoral candidate forums coming up

Under the new single-member district plan, the Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods are in District 3, which includes parts of South, East and Southeast Austin. (Click to enlarge.)

Under the new single-member district plan, the Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods are in District 3, which includes parts of South, East and Southeast Austin. (Click to enlarge.)

Austinites will have the opportunity to get to know their City Council and mayoral candidates better in the coming weeks in several series of debates.

Coming up first is Ballot Boxing, a series of candidate forums sponsored by The Austin Chronicle, The Austin Monitor, KUT News, KXAN and Univision. The forums are free and open to the public, and will stream online. See the schedule for all 11 forums, held Sept. 8-Oct. 15.
Ballot Boxing District 3 candidate forum
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: The North Door, 502 Brushy St.
RSVP: The Hall Monitor
Listen: Listen to KUT’s audio of the District 3 forum, or watch KXAN’s video.
Update: The Austin Chronicle shared highlights of the forum, including where the candidates stand on urban rail and urban farms.

Several nonprofit and environmentalist groups, including Public Citizen and Sierra Club, are hosting candidate forums relating to Austin Energy. Candidates will be asked questions about energy sources, affordability, and governance of the city-owned utility. The events are open to the public. See a schedule for all six forums, held Sept. 12-29.
Districts 2 & 3 candidate forum — energy issues
When: 6 p.m. Sept. 19
Where: Austin JATC Electrical Training Center, 4000 Caven Road
More information: See the event’s Facebook page.

The City of Austin and the League of Women Voters are also hosting a series of candidate forums this month. The events are open to the public and will be broadcast and streamed online. See the schedule for all 11 forums, held Sept. 4-Oct. 1.
District 3 candidate forum
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive
More information: See details at the city’s 10-One website.
Listen: Watch the forum on ATXN (formerly Chanel 6), listen on KAZI 88.7 FM, or watch live or archived online.

The same organizations will hold forums for candidates for mayor. See the following links for more information.
Ballot Boxing mayoral forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 15
Energy mayoral forum: 7 p.m. Sept. 29
City/League of Women Voters mayoral forum: 6 p.m. Oct. 1

The South Austin Civic Club is hosting a forum led by South Austin high school students, who will interview City Council District 2, 3, 5 and 8 candidates. Celebrity judges grade the panelists, awarding a trophy to the winning school. The public is welcome.
South Austin Civic Club Student-Candidate Forum
When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22
Where: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road

Learn more about the election and the District 3 City Council candidates in the Aug. 28 blog post in the Hurly-Burly or a Sept. 23 profile in the Austin American-Statesman. Look for the League’s Voters Guide in the Oct. 20 issue of the Austin American-Statesman or at the League of Women Voters’ website.

If you know of additional candidate forums, you can submit the information to the Hurly-Burly using the Contact Form.

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About burlyheights

C. Forrest is a longtime resident of Burleson Heights.
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