A respected University of Texas study has found that Austin is the only high-growth city that is losing African Americans, both in terms of numbers and percentage of the total population. Do you consider this a problem? If so, what would you do to reverse or stabilize the decline?

Sabino “Pio” Renteria

City Council, District 3


Yes, this is not just a problem, it is THE problem. We are losing an essential part of what makes Austin such an amazing city.

I ran for Council to ensure that the working families who built our city are able not just to remain, but to thrive and have access to quality services and economic opportunity.

That’s why my top priorities are affordable housing, public transportation, and economic empowerment.

My goal is to provide affordable housing and build a more accessible and reliable transit system to help create diverse, multi-generational, mixed-income communities in Austin to address economic segregation and help ensure working families have increased access to jobs, schools, healthcare, parks and other resources that can raise the quality of life for all Austinites.

During my time at Council, I have successfully passed ordinances to help affordable and public housing providers create thousands of affordable homes, advocated for the current $250 million affordable housing bond, was a leading proponent of the $720 million mobility bond, advocated for raising the living wage and expanding worker protections including Fair Chance Hiring and Paid Sick Leave.