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By Tim Ruzek

Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm won re-election tonight by 37 votes over challenger Mark Nagle.

Stiehm garnered 5,232 votes to Nagle’s 5,195 in the citywide election. With such a slim margin, there’s likely to be a recount.

Overall, three new people will be serving on the Austin City Council.


In the other citywide council race, Janet Anderson won election as the council’s at-large council member, defeating 1st Ward councilman Jeff Austin 5,438 votes to 4,679.

Two years ago, Anderson lost by 17 votes following a recount to Pete Christopherson, who won his second term as the at-large council member.

This year, Christopherson opted not to seek re-election.

For the 2nd Ward, Steve King defeated incumbent councilman Scott Pacholl by 2,208 votes to 1,471. Pacholl was seeking a second term on the council; his father Dick Pacholl is the other 2nd Ward council member.

In the 3rd Ward, Marian Clennon won election with 1,713 votes to Tony Bennett’s 1,034. Clennon will replace council member Norm Hecimovich, who opted not to seek a re-election to a second term.

Brian McAlister, the current 1st Ward councilman, won election to a second term in an unopposed campaign. He received 3,033 votes compared to 25 votes for write-in candidates.

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