Austin elected to At-Large council seat

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Current First Ward Councilman Jeff Austin won the At-Large seat Tuesday night, receiving 57.46 percent of the vote over opponent Susan Fell Johnson.

Austin opted to make a bid for the At-Large seat after incumbent Councilwoman Janet Anderson announced she would not seek another term.

Jeff Austin

“I thank everyone who voted, “ he said. “It shows their faith in what the council has done and what I’ve done on the council and I look forward to continuing that the next four years.”

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Austin is currently in his third term as First Ward councilman, winning his first election in 2006. He is a lifelong resident of Austin and works as an assistant store leader for Kwik Trip. He is also a member of the Austin Port Authority board, the Park and Recreation board and the City/County Home Ownership Fund.

Although the outcome was not in her favor, Johnson maintained a positive outlook.

“The good news is that I can stay as a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra!” she told the Herald. “If I would’ve won, I would’ve had to attend Austin City Council meetings on Monday night instead of Austin Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. I get to continue to work on improving my musicianship skills and leave the political fights to the other person.”

Johnson also noted that she did not win her first bid for the Austin School Board, but was successful in her second run. She did not indicate if she planned to run for council in the future.

“Everything happens for a reason!” she said.