All the Austin Chambers of Commerce are partnering to hold candidate forums for the Austin City Council races that are happening in November. The candidate forums begin on Monday, September 12, and continue through Tuesday, October 18.
The candidate forums are a partnership between the Greater Austin, Austin LGBT, Greater Austin Hispanic, Greater Austin Asian, Greater Austin Black, and the Austin Young Chambers of Commerce to ensure the community in Austin has an opportunity to hear from all the candidates seeking city council office. All events are open to the public. Each event will be led by one chamber and supported by the other five.
This partnership between all the Austin chambers to conduct candidate forums has been in place for the entirety of the 10-1 era of the Austin City Council.
The forums are open to all candidates who have filed for a place on the ballot and candidates will be given time to share their views along with being asked questions by moderators.
Austin Council Districts that will be electing Council Members are Districts 1, 3, 5, 8, and 9 and the entire City of Austin will be electing the Austin Mayor. The schedule for the forums for the districts and mayor are:
Mayor: Monday, September. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austin Central Library (710 W. Cesar Chavez St.)
District 1: Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at ACC Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd.)
District 3: Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s University (3001 S. Congress Ave.)
District 5: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Ann Richards School for Women Leaders (2309 Panther Trail)
District 8: Friday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Clint Small Middle School (4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd)
District 9: Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at ACC Rio Grande (1212 Rio Grande St.)
Early voting begins on Monday, October 24 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.
The Chambers have also partnered on a website that hosts information and resources on the upcoming election. The website is KeepAustinVoting.com.
The chambers together sent a candidate questionnaire to every candidate on the ballot and will be posting their responses on September 12 on KeepAustinVoting.com. The website will also have resources for voting, additional information on the candidates, and more details about the forums.