Posted at: 10/25/2012 10:44 PM
Updated at: 10/25/2012 10:47 PM
By: Steph Crock
Austin Mayoral Race and Others Debate at Open Forum
(ABC 6 News) -- We're only 12 days away from the election and candidates all across the nation are scrambling to get their voice out there.
Thursday was a good opportunity for candidates in our area. An open forum was held in Austin for area State Senators, State Representatives, Austin City Council, and the race for Austin Mayor.
As you may know, these are a chance for candidates to debate against their opponent and to show voters why they believe they're the better choice. Incumbent Mayor Tom Stiehm and candidate Dick Lang took their turn at the stand Thursday. Both are running for the Austin Mayor position. We caught up with the two of them after the debate.
“You can see what's going on in Austin right now. We're building, we've got more building permits and valuation going up in Austin right now than we've had in years and years. I’ve been the mayor for the last 6 years," said Incumbent Mayor Tom Stiehm.
Dick Lang says he's running for mayor...."Because of my experience and because I think it’s time for a change. We have to look at where the taxes are. For the last 8 years, taxes in the city of Austin have gone up," said mayoral candidate Dick Lang.
Some incumbent council members and those running for a seat were not able to debate Thursday, because their contenders didn’t show up.