On election night, Watson was 17 votes behind opponent Celia Israel in the Austin mayoral runoff in Travis County.
AUSTIN, Texas — With preliminary ballots now being tallied in the mayoral runoff, Kirk Watson is elected Mayor of Austin won Travis County by 30 votes.
On election night, December 13, Watson was 17 votes behind opponent Celia Israel in the county. But Watson was to win the race after garnering 62% of the vote among voters in the Williamson County city of Austin, putting him first with 886 votes on election night.
With his victory in Travis County, Watson can now claim victory in all three boroughs of Austin – Travis, Williamson and Hays. Watson beat Israel by less than 1,000 votes in the runoff.
“Isn’t it amazing how close an election is?” Watson said KVUE’s Jenni Lee. “It just goes to show that every vote counts… Look, we’re at our best as a city when we’re all together… I respect what many of the constituents have been looking for in my opponent’s message, and it’s a message I’ve wanted for a long time.” a long, long time, and that means we need to have a city that is focused on equity, inclusivity and diversity. But I hope I can see that we all have one thing absolutely in common, and that’s that we love this city and we have that in common. I think we will be fine and we will be able to overcome the challenges and come together as a city.”
Nearly 18% of Travis County’s registered voters voted in the mayoral runoff.
Watson was Mayor of Austin from 1997 to 2001. He will replace Mayor Steve Adler, who was unable to run after reaching his term limit.
The Austin City Council will consider the results on Wednesday, December 21.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/vote-texas/provisional-ballots-kirk-watson-travis-county-austin-mayoral-runoff/269-b81d8af0-bfca-4fdb-9d6c-eeffd50abe3c After the provisional ballots were counted, Kirk Watson won Travis County by a margin of 30 votes