AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s next mayor will be Steve Adler after his opponent, Mike Martinez, called him to concede the race after early voting results for Tuesday’s runoff were released.
The unofficial election results show Steve Adler winning with 67.05 percent of the vote; Mike Martinez garnered 32.95 percent of all ballots cast.
Martinez says he called Adler to concede the race and told him, “I’ll be your biggest supporter every step of the way.” Martinez said he told Adler the same thing earlier this year. “I said Steve, there are eight people in this race and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out but I intend on winning, but if you happen to win, I promise you I’ll be your biggest supporter and I’ll help you every step of the way.”
“The bottom line is, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow and this is still going to be Austin, Texas, the greatest city in the country,” Martinez told a crowd of his supporters. “Our commitment to Austin doesn’t change because of the results tonight.”
Meanwhile, at Adler’s victory celebration, the mayor-elect addressed a crowd saying “We have an obligation…to preserve what makes Austin Special.”
“We have an obligation and now is our time, we must make this opportunity real,” he proclaimed. “Our new way forward is upon us and we have much to do and much to accomplish.”
Adler says he’s already congratulated some of the incoming Austin City Council members and can’t wait to get to work.
Adler was endorsed by current Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who said he was supporting Adler because he believes “he has the qualities and the experience to be a great mayor of the city of Austin.”
Traffic and affordability were key tenants of Adler’s campaign. Calling traffic congestion an immediate crisis, Adler supported the Urban Rail initiative that failed on the November ballot. During his runoff campaign he called for staggering work hours, more carpooling and telecommuting. He called for more transportation options ranging from redesigned intersections to a complete plan that utilizes everything from bikes to busses and telecommuting to trains.
Adler also called for removing much of the bureaucratic permitting process which will allow more homes, apartments and condos to be built more quickly to help alleviate the increasing cost of living in Austin.
Adler was born in Washington, D.C. in 1956. He arrived in Austin in 1978 to attend the University of Texas and later graduated from the School of Law. Adler is an eminent domain attorney. In 1996, Adler became chief of staff and general counsel for State Sen. Elliot Shapleigh. He was on the founding board of The Texas Tribune and served on the boards of GEN-Austin and Breakthrough. Adler is married and a father of three.
MAP: Where they won
Red precincts indicate an Adler win, Blue precincts indicate a Martinez win and gray precincts indicate a tie.
Austin’s first geographically elected council decided in runoff
The new 10-1 council district plan fell into place Tuesday as voters chose their new representatives. KXAN’s Phil Prazan broke down the makeup of the new council, as well as how the race between a brother and sister shook out.
The other races that were decided include one candidate for Austin Community College trustee and three for the Austin Independent School District school board. Full election results are available here.