AUSTIN — Mayor Steve Adler has claimed victory as Mayor of Austin in the 2018 Midterm Election.

As of 10 p.m., Mayor Adler held 61 percent of the vote with 9 percent reported. Laura Morrison was second with 19 percent, Gustavo Pena next at 10 percent.

Adler defeats six of his challengers in his bid for re-election and has been the Mayor of Austin since January of 2015. Mayor Adler has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.

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When asked why he decided to seek a second term as mayor, Adler said he wanted to accomplish more for the City of Austin.

“I am running to finish what I started. We’ve done a lot and I have a strong record of actually achieving big things as Austin Mayor,” Adler told KVUE. "As the first mayor of the new 10-1 City Council, I’m proud of many 'firsts' on city priorities like transportation, affordability and equity.”

Adler said some of his top priorities he wants to focus on for Austin residents include transportation, affordability, equity and preserving the soul of this city.

The six other candidates who were in the race to become the Austin mayor included Travis Duncan, Laura Morrison, Alan Pease, Gus Pena, Todd Phelps and Alexander Strenger.