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Stiehm, Clennon advance in mayor's race

Incumbent Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm and Austin City Council member Marian Clennon will face off in fall in a race to be the next mayor. The two were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.

Voters in all three wards of the city narrowed a field of four candidates to Stiehm and Clennon. City officials estimated the primary saw a 19 percent turnout among all registered voters within the city limits.

Stiehm got the highest vote total of any of the four candidates. He received 1,434 votes.

"I'm happy," said Stiehm. "It's always better to come out ahead than behind. That validates, I guess, that people are satisfied with the way things are going. I'm not going to get over-confident, though. I won the primary two years ago, and it was close."

Clennon received 482 votes citywide. She stayed consistent across the city's six precincts, earning the second-highest vote totals in all sections of the city.


"I'm excited to get past the primary. I've got a lot of extra hard work to do. Everything's up in the air now," she said. "Only 20 percent voter turnout this year, so another 60 percent could make a huge difference."

Clennon is hoping the weather cools down so she can get back to door-knocking soon.

Gordon W. Anderson received 275 votes. Zeke Dahl received 103 votes.

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