January marks one year since Austin’s first 10-1 City Council was sworn into office. For the first time Austin voters elected a council member to represent each of the 10 new geographic districts, and elected new Mayor Steve Adler to represent the city as a whole.
Many hoped the historic election would be a watershed moment, inspiring more people to get involved in city politics. More than 70 people ran for office and 8 of the 10 new council members have never held public office before. But, Austin’s voter turnout is still dismally low and very few residents engage regularly in city issues.
CIVIC SUMMIT, in partnership with Leadership Austin, will convene a community conversation to discuss this transformative time in Austin’s city government, and look ahead to Austin’s future.
Join host Judy Maggio and panelists Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ora Houston, EngageATX’s Annie Dlugokecki, and AISD Trustee Paul Saldaña
CIVIC SUMMIT airs on KLRU January 22 at 8:30pm, immediately following 10-WON, a documentary following the seismic shift in Austin’s political landscape, from the time the 78 candidates signed up to the swearing-in ceremony. The film will be screened prior to taping the Civic Summit.