Austin City Council member Ora Houston won’t seek reelection

June 13, 2018
Austin American-Statesman

East Austin City Council Member Ora Houston will not seek reelection in November, she said in a news release Wednesday.

The release said she’d made the decision after “months of personal discernment and conversations with confidants.”

Before this week, three other candidates had announced plans to run for the District 1 council seat. Lewis Conway Jr., a Grassroots Leadership organizer and criminal justice activist, is using his run there to challenge a statewide ban on convicted felons holding public office. Mariana Salazar, director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, and Natasha Harper-Madison, a social activist and small-business consultant, are also contenders.