Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) announced she would run to succeed term-limited Mayor Steve Adler. Israel, who did not seek re-election, had been exploring the race since September, and her formal announcement had been expected.

Real estate agent and former council candidate Jennifer Virden and fitness trainer Erica Nix are already in the race. Council member Kathie Tovo and former Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), who was mayor before running for Senate, are considering the race.

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