Austin incumbents cruise to re-election Saturday night
Austin's mayor and City Council incumbents cruised to re-election in the municipal election held Saturday.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and City Council members Mike Martinez, Bill Spelman, and Sheryl Cole all won re-election outright for new three year terms.
In the Mayoral race, Leffingwell collected 52.06% of the vote, while challenger and former City Council member Brigid Shea gathered 37.08% of the vote. Challenger Clay DaFoe came in third with 10.86 percent.
In Place 2, Mike Martinez won re-election with 55.53 percent of the vote against local activist Dr. Laura Pressley, who gathered 44.47 percent of the vote.
Place 5 drew the most challengers to incumbent Bill Spelman, with 7 candidates vying for Austin's vote. Spelman collected 57.73 percent, with his closest challenger being Dominic "Dom" Chavez with 19.14 percent of the vote.
In Place 6, Sheryl Cole collected a landslide 70.86 percent of the vote against Shaun Ireland, with 29.14 percent.
The results will be canvassed next Tuesday, May 22, in Council Chambers at 10am. Inauguration of the council members for their new terms is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, July 3, at City Hall.