Sabino "Pio" Renteria

Sabino "Pio" Renteria was elected in 2014 to represent District 3.
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Sabino “Pio” Renteria began representing Austin’s District 3 in January 2015. In 2018, he was re-elected after winning in a run-off against his sister, Susan Almanza. He is a lifetime resident of the district. 

Before becoming a council member, he worked for 34 years at IBM as a computer technician. 

As a council member, Renteria has been an advocate for affordable housing and led the completion of several income-restricted housing projects. 

Renteria has worked with United East Austin Coalition and Friends of the MACC, and was the vice-chair of the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team.

Mayor Steve Adler has shored up a second term as mayor of Austin. Incumbent Council Member Kathie Tovo appears to have been re-elected to her District 9 seat. In District 3, Council Member Sabino "Pio" Renteria teeters on the edge of securing his re-election, but will likely head to a runoff against his sister, Susana Almanza. Districts 1 and 8 are headed to runoff elections in December.

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Six candidates are running for the Austin City Council District 3 seat. The district includes parts of East and Southeast Austin, much of it east of I-35. A majority-minority area, the population of District 3 is about 62 percent Latino. It’s also a district made up mostly of renters, with a median household income of $29,430. The city as a whole has a median household income of $52,460.