District 8 candidates make final forum pitches

October 20, 2014

The five candidates for the District 8 spot on the Austin City Council gathered on Oct. 7 at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (SHPC) for the final candidates forum before the Nov. 4 election.

Becky Bray, Eliza May, Darrell Pierce, Ed Scruggs and Ellen Troxclair were on hand to field questions from audience members and from panelists Gary Keith (Associate Professor of Political Science at University of the Incarnate Word) and Jack Floyd (Adjunct Professor of Government at Austin Community College). The forum moderator was attorney Linda Icenhauer-Ramirez.

Stefan Haag, an SHPC member, was one of the organizers of the event. He estimated that 150 community members attended. He said, “The principal motivation was to provide a venue so that residents of southwest Austin could learn about the candidates and the issues.”

District 8 represents much of Southwest Austin, from Zilker Park and Bee Caves to Oak Hill. Five individuals are running for the District 8 seat on the Austin City Council.

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