Candidates interested in running in the nonpartisan special election for Austin City Council District 4 had until Dec. 16 to file. The special general election is scheduled for Jan. 25. If needed, a general runoff election is scheduled for March 22.
Seven candidates filed to run in the special election by the deadline: Isa Boonto, Monica Guzmán, Jade Lovera, Amanda Rios, Melinda Schiera, Ramesses II Setepenre, and José “Chito” Vela. The candidate withdrawal deadline passed on Dec. 21.
The special election was called after incumbent Greg Casar announced his intention to run for Texas’ 35th Congressional District in 2022. Casar began serving on the 11-member Austin City Council in 2015 and stated he intends to continue serving as a council member until the winner of the special election is sworn into office.
The winner of the special election will serve the unexpired portion of Casar’s term, which ends in 2025.
Austin is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 11th-largest city in the U.S. by population.