Amid changing demographics, will Austin retain a African-American council seat? – News – Austin American-Statesman


As Ora Houston prepares to leave behind her District 1 seat, a strong early showing by a Hispanic candidate raised possibility that council might no longer include a black representative.

Four years ago, Ora Houston became one of the first Austin City Council members elected under a system of geographic districts that included an “African-American opportunity district.”

Now, as Houston prepares to leave office and a bevy of candidates competes to replace her, a strong early showing by a Hispanic woman raises the possibility that the council might no longer include a black representative.

Among the seven candidates seeking to replace Houston, three are widely considered to be the front-runners: former Travis County Democratic Party Chairman Vincent Harding, small-business…

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