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Councilman Mike Martinez running for Austin mayor

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A long-time city council member is hoping to take the mayor's seat this year.

Councilman Mike Martinez announced he is running for mayor Saturday.
He spent the day touring the newly-created 10 council districts, to kick-off his mayoral campaign.
He visited community leaders from each city district.
Martinez began his tour Saturday morning at Barton Springs.
He also stopped by local restaurants, schools and the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane.
His first priority as a mayor would be to work on traffic solutions.

"There is something that's going to be on the ballot; it's called urban rail. I'm going to be a supporter of it. I don't believe it's the solution to our traffic problem, but when you talk about just that first phase alone, that's 25,000 trips per day. That's what the projected ridership is and that is a huge impact," says Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez.

Martinez has been with the Austin City Council since 2006.
before that, he was a firefighter for 13 years.

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