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Kirk Watson

Friends - We've made great progress at City Hall since last January, focusing on restoring efficient, effective basic services, and better positioning ourselves to take on Austin's biggest long-term challenges. Most importantly, we've taken action to make our community more affordable, and to help solve our homelessness crisis. With a full four-year term, we can build on our successes and make City Hall work even better. I ask for your vote.

-Kirk

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Kirk Watson

I'm honored to be endorsed for re-election by the following current and former local elected officials. I'm especially proud and grateful to be supported by eight of my colleagues on the Austin City Council. Check back here soon as our supporter list will continue to grow!

Natasha Harper-Madison
Natasha Harper-Madison
City Council Place 1
Leslie Pool
LESLIE POOL
City Council Place 7
Donna Howard
DONNA HOWARD
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Brigid Shea
BRIGID SHEA
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Endorses Kirk Watson
GEORGE MORALES III
CONSTABLE
Endorses Kirk Watson
CRAIG MORGAN
ROUND ROCK MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
Dr. Christopher Harvey
MANOR MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
Gavin Massingill
ROLLINGWOOD MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
WENDY DAVIS
FORMER STATE SENATOR
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KEN ODEN
FORMER COUNTY ATTORNEY
Endorses Kirk Watson
LEE COOKE
FORMER AUSTIN MAYOR
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DANNY THOMAS
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
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ALLAN KAPLAN
FORMER ACC TRUSTEE
Vanessa Fuentes
VANESSA FUENTES
City Council Place 2
Paige Ellis
PAIGE ELLIS
City Council Place 8
John Bucy
JOHN BUCY
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Jeff Travillion
JEFF TRAVILLION
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Endorses Kirk Watson
DR. BARBARA P. MINK
CHAIR, ACC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jose Velasquez
José Velásquez
City Council Place 3
Zo Qadri
Zohaib “Zo” Qadri
City Council Place 9
Jimmy Talarico
JAMES TALARICO
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Ann Howard
ANN HOWARD
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Endorses Kirk Watson
DR. MANUEL GONZALEZ
ACC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chito Vela
José “Chito” Vela
City Council Place 4
Sarah Eckhardt
SARAH ECKHARDT
STATE SENATOR
Sheryl Cole
SHERYL COLE
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Sally Herndandez
SALLY HERNANDEZ
SHERIFF
Endorses Kirk Watson
DR. NAN MCRAVEN
ACC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Ryan Alter
RYAN ALTER
City Council Place 5
Judith Zaffirini
JUDITH ZAFFIRINI
STATE SENATOR
Andy Brown
ANDY BROWN
COUNTY JUDGE
Endorses Kirk Watson
ADAN BALLESTEROS
CONSTABLE
Endorses Kirk Watson
GIGI EDWARDS BRYANT
ACC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Endorses Kirk Watson
Christine DeLisle
LEANDER MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson Watson
Lee Urbanovsky
BUDA MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
Gina Fulkerson
WIMBERLEY MAYOR
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GLEN MAXEY
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Endorses Kirk Watson
Jim Penniman-Morin
CEDAR PARK MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
THERESA MCSHAN
ELGIN MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
HECTOR GONZALES
WEBBERVILLE MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
EDDIE RODRIGUEZ
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Endorses Kirk Watson
Joshua Schroeder
GEORGETOWN MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
TRAVIS MITCHELL
KYLE MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
KEVIN SULLIVAN
LAGO VISTA MAYOR
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PATRICK ROSE
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Endorses Kirk Watson
VICTOR GONZALES
PFLUGERVILLE MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
LINDA ANTHONY
WEST LAKE HILLS MAYOR
Endorses Kirk Watson
Rudy Metayer
PFLUGERVILLE CITY COUNCIL
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JOHEN DIETZ
FORMER DISTRICT JUDGE
Endorses Kirk Watson
DAVID ESCAMILLA
FORMER COUNTY ATTORNEY
Endorses Kirk Watson
RON MULLEN
FORMER AUSTIN MAYOR
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KAREN SONLEITNER
FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Endorses Kirk Watson
LEE LEFFINGWELL
FORMER AUSTIN MAYOR
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WILLIE LEWIS
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
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BETTY DUNKERLEY
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
MIKE MARTINEZ
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
MARK WILLIAMS
FORMER PRESIDENT, AISD TRUSTEES
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CHRIS RILEY
FORMER AuSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
GERONIMO RODRIGUEZ
FORMER PRESIDENT, AISD TRUSTEES
Endorses Kirk Watson
RANDI SHADE
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
PAUL Saldaña
FORMER AISD TRUSTEE
Endorses Kirk Watson
WILL WYNN
FORMER AUSTIN MAYOR
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BREWSTER MCCRACKEN
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
SABINO "PIO" RENTERIA
FORMER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL
Endorses Kirk Watson
NYLE MAXWELL
FORMER ROUND ROCK MAYOR
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Kirk Watson

I’m running for re-election based not only on City Hall’s improved performance on basic services, but also on the strength of the progress we’ve made on big issues. Since taking office last January, I’ve worked closely with the City Council and City Manager to help create affordability in Austin by delivering the most ambitious land use reforms in decades; to bring new investments and a new approach to helping people experiencing homelessness; and to launch the Austin Infrastructure Academy to train Austinites of all ages for the good jobs that future infrastructure projects will create. We also took important steps to help restore police staffing and improve emergency response, and to protect Project Connect from state lawmakers and others who hope to stop Austin’s voter-approved transit plans.

With a full term in office, my primary goals will be to create more affordability through additional housing reforms and other initiatives; to make further improvements to the city’s approach to fighting homelessness; to fill vacancies in the police department and continue to enhance emergency services; and to ensure that Project Connect and other big infrastructure investments, like the airport expansion, are executed with speed and efficiency. Another focus will be strategies to respond to climate change, including an effort to shut down the portion of the coal-powered Fayette Power Plant owned by Austin Energy by January of 2029. I believe climate change is our planet's biggest existential threat, which in my view means that Austin has a moral responsibility to get out of the coal business.

During my time in the mayor's office I've written extensively about the issues we're working on and shared my observations (and a few recipes) via the "Watson Wire" newsletter. To learn more about my issue priorities, I invite you to review this archive of newsletters, or please feel free to reach out to our campaign directly with any specific policy questions you may have.

Kirk Watson
Kirk Watson

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson is an attorney and 42-year resident of Austin. A native of North Texas, Watson attended Baylor University and Baylor Law School, where he graduated first in his class. He also proudly holds an honorary degree from Austin Community College. Watson won his first term as Austin mayor in 1997 and was re-elected with 84% of the vote. He returned to City Hall in January 2023 after serving more than 13 years in the Texas Senate. As a public servant, Watson is well-known as the driving force behind the revitalization of downtown Austin; the creation of the University of Texas at Austin medical school; the opening of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; the preservation of thousands of acres of open space; the long-term protection of Austin’s water supply; the launch of the Office of the Police Monitor; and many other initiatives. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including Austinite of the Year and the prestigious President’s Citation from UT Austin. Although back in the mayor’s office a short time, Watson is part of the leadership team for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serving as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Transportation. He and his wife of 45 years, Liz, have two adult children and two perfect grandchildren. Watson is a grateful cancer survivor.

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