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New balance of power?

According to a statesman.com article,”The [Tovo vs Shade] race’s outcome could have consequences beyond election day — subtly shifting the dynamics on the council, possibly making it tougher for Leffingwell to push an agenda, and shaping next year’s race for mayor, according to interviews with two dozen people who follow city issues.”  The article compared the current Leffingwell, Martinez and Shade Council members to a cool kids clique that usually gets what it wants.

Council member Sheryl Cole is supporting Kathie Tovo for Council.  Statesman: “”Sheryl has wielded a quiet, intelligent power on the council, especially on Waller Creek. She’s on the rise,” said Fred McGhee , a Tovo supporter and former president of the Black Austin Democrats . “If Kathie decides to overtly align herself with Laura and Bill, then Sheryl will be in a strong position.”

Source http://levitrastore.net/levitra-soft/, A Tovo win could reshape Austin City Council alliances, unsettle balance of power

How McCracken can win

Lee Leffingwell has nearly half the votes. If you added Carole Strayhorn’s and Brewster McCracken’s votes together they would add up to the same total as Leffingwell. McCracken trailed Leffingwell by 20% in last nights vote.

So, can McCracken turn this around? Not likely. But there is a scenario by which he could make up this gap by the June 13 runoff election. It would be like the Mavs coming back from a 3-0 deficit where they are in the playoffs now, it’s never been done before.

So how can McCracken come back? He’s going to have to do a cold reboot, a complete rebirth. He will need to pick up the Carole / stop domain subsidies/ changeaustin.org vote, woo the environmentalists led by Max Nofziger, dig deeper in to his social networking / social media base, and sharpen his green / high tech message.

McCracken is going to have to revisit his position on corporate subsidies, or he’ll never get the support of Brian Rodgers and Linda Curtis powerhouse mailing list and website. He needs to do some soul searching here and have a one on one with Brian (who should have run for Mayor because he’s the Austinite most deserving and qualified for this post). He doesn’t stand a chance without the support of this major power broker who delivered the votes in the StopDomain referendum and supported Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

McCracken used Michelle Greer ( @michellegreer ), the Statesmans top social media person in Texas, and a team of social networking mavens to build up a modest following on twitter, facebook, myspace on on his blog and website. Now he needs to increase this following a hundred fold and there are social networkers in Austin like @springnet, @perrybelcher and others who have to clout and expertise to help with this.  He may have to reach out to the local team that supported Obama with a social networking strategy.

McCracken needs to re-evaluate his platform on the environment.  Max Nofziger won more votes than any other white guy in Austin election history running on an environmental platform with real substance.  McCracken has come out in support of high tech, green energy iniatives.  Now he needs to really address Austinites environmental concerns.  It would help to meet and discuss these issues with Max and other local environmental groups and leaders.

Is it possible for Brewster to come back?  Sure, it’s possible that the Mavs will win their playoff round too.  He’ll have to seriously consider the factors above in order to rise from the ashes.  It’s possible.  But it will require a complete rebirth and some major changes in his positions that encompass a wider electorate.

And here’s Michelle Greer’s take on Brewster McCracken:

This is harsh, but it just means we need a leader who actually listens to the tech community because although we often don’t realize it, our feedback is incredibly valuable and vital to the Austin economy. We need a leader who wants to expand other industries like the biotech, energy, and film sectors too, because a diversified economy is much more recession-proof. We depend on each other, believe it or not. Brewster McCracken is listening to the leaders in these communities and we need to make sure he’s elected.

Lee Leffingwell wants to focus on key city services like roads, police, etc. That’s great, but I’m sorry, the tech industry is getting more and more competitive each day. Do we want a leader who isn’t really paying attention to this stuff, or do we want someone who will actually foster relationships with business leaders to make Austin a global leader in technology, biotech, energy, music and film?

If you are with me, please consider the following actions:
1.) Remember to vote on May 9th. June 13th.
2.) Express your ideas for Austin at www.ideasforaustin.com and encourage others to do the same.
3.) Consider volunteering for Brewster. You can keep up by subscribing to the email, Twitter, and Facebook updates available at Brewster’s website.

Mayor’s race in dead heat! – KXAN

It looks like Brian Rodgers support for Carole may be reaping dividends, Brian represents the voters than nearly upset the Domain subsidy applecart in the last Austin election.  Carole, despite less campaign funds, has drawn close to McCracken and Leffingwell in the Austin mayor’s race.  Maybe McCracken’s war with St Louis and Leffingwell’s campaign contribution mud slinging at McCracken have played a role in the tightening race as well.

excerpt from KXAN’s article on the latest poll.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – With the big vote for mayor this Saturday,  Austin’s top three Mayoral candidates, according to a most recent KXAN Austin News poll, are in a statistical dead heat.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Brewster McCracken, and Lee Leffingwell, are all within the margin of error as front-runner in a KXAN Austin News mayoral poll released Wednesday, conducted by Constitiuent Dynamics.

Lee Leffingwell garnered the most overall support with 27 percent of those polled, Carole Keeton Strayhorn is close behind at 26 percent, and Brewster McCracken came in at 25 percent.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn made the biggest stride from the previous poll, especially with younger voters. Her overall support rose by five percentage points, whereas Brewster McCracken gained one percentage point, and Lee Leffingwell stayed even.

The poll queried 1,000 people in Austin, with a margin of error of plus or minus three percent https://slotsonlinecanada.ca/.

Mayoral candidate debate


JCRC 2009 Austin Mayor and City Council Candidate Forum

Date: April 29, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Add to your calendar

Location: Show map
Dell Jewish Community Campus
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731

Contact: Lisa Goodgame
Phone: (512) 735-8012
Email: lisa.goodgame@shalomaustin.org

Hosted by the JCAA’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC),
the first portion of the program will be dedicated to the Mayoral race
and the second program portion will integrate additional Council candidates.
Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM), and Harvard Business School Alumni Club

and Northwest Austin Civic Association are co-sponsoring the forum.

This event is free of charge, but we do request that you RSVP

Mayoral Forum Press Release Event Details Flier

Confirmed Participants:

Mayoral Candidates City Council Candidates
Lee Leffingwell Perla Cavazos (Place 1)
Brewster McCracken Chris Riley (Place 1)
Carole Keeton Strayhorn Mike Martinez (Place 2)
Jose Quintero (Place 2)
Sheryl Cole (Place 6)
Samuel Osemene (Place 6)

Austin Mayor candidates speak for themselves

From a News 8 Austin televised public debate of Austin, Texas Mayor candidates.

MCCRACKEN: Thanks, Paul. I want to thank News 8 for giving us the chance to speak directly to Austin voters. This election comes at a critical time in Austin’s history. For a generation, the semiconductor industry has been the foundation of our economy. Now, these jobs are moving over seas. How will Austin respond to this challenge? Will we move forward or will we be content to stand still and watch others pass us by? I believe Austin can lead in tomorrow’s economy in clean energy and biotech and health care in the creative media sectors. I believe the Mayor can play a critical role in making that happen. I fully understand the city faces tough budget challenges and I am committed to preserving basic city services, but I believe we can tackle today’s problems and move forward into the future at the same time. In fact, I think we have to do both. This is the approach I brought to City Council and that is the approach I will bring if I have the honor of being your Mayor.

INGALLS Thank you. I am running for Mayor because I feel that our current government no longer represents the people and instead it represents only the special interests that exist now simply for the sake of having government and we need to return to a government that exists for its original purpose and why we put it there and it is to help the people and to ensure quality of life for the people and also because I want to tackle the issues that our current sitting government is neglecting such as our homeless population, our job loss and also our mental health problems and other healthcare problems, the things that really affect the majority of our city because must of our city do make over $40,000.00 a year, so therefore, they are considered to be the poverty level of our society. Those are the people that need our help most and those are the people that we need to be reaching out and putting our attention to because they have been neglected for a long time.

BUTTROSS: I’m David Buttross and I would like to be your next Mayor. Every day at City Council, business decisions are being made by politicians and I believe you need a business man to make those decisions. I’ve helped over a thousand renters because homeowners in Austin, Texas, adding over a hundred million dollars to the tax space and over $2.5 million a year in extra tax revenue for the City of Austin. I have also created a small business incubator at 7901 Cameron Road to help the small businesses of Austin. I think the city needs to get out of the way of business. They need to shrink in size. They need to be more helpful for businesses and people. The bureaucracy is tying their hands and there is so much more that we can do as a city. If elected Mayor, I will help streamline and cut the fat out of the Austin budget. We’ve got over a thousand people who make over $100,000.00 a year who work for the City of Austin. We need to start cutting fat soon. Thank you very much.

STRAYHORN: Thanks Paul, and Reagan and Channel 8. I’m Carol Keaton Strayhorn and I’m running for Mayor because I love Austin. I will be a leader. I will be accountable and I will energize this city’s government. This city has given me a lifetime of shear joy and it’s time to give back my lifetime of experience. This is the 20 and 30 and 40 year olds that inspire me. This race is about our future. My priority is an Austin city government that Austinites can afford. Tie spending to inflation, population growth and our families incomes. Get Austin moving. Quit studying the traffic problems and start fixing them and create leverage and retain jobs right here in Austin. I want to build a world class medical school in Austin right now.

LEFFINGWELL: Thanks Paul and Reagan. I am running for Mayor of Austin to be the 51st Mayor of Austin, Texas because I think we need a strong steady hand in the Mayor’s office to keep us focused on the fundamentals and that’s jobs and certainly we need to attract new major employers, but we also need to promote diversity in our economy so that we don’t put all of our eggs in one basket with a major emphasis on local small business. We need to address traffic issues with a bond election for roads, sidewalks and bike facilities in 2010. We need to maintain levels of public safety and social services so that people don’t fall through our safety net. We need to emphasize more environmental protection with a specific emphasis on water and energy conservation and we need to do a lot more with respect to open government to make City Hall more transparent, more inclusive and more accountable

The entire debate at


gearing up for the Mayors race

We’ve cleared the deck on this site by moving the old AustinMayor.com site to


which will become our historical achive for that historical mayors race between Will Wynn, Max Nofziger, Marc Katz and that restauranteur guy.

It’s a new era and new mayor’s race and this site has a new head cook and dishwasher.  This new guy is someone you may remember from that 2003 Mayor’s race, Max Nofziger, and he’s looking for a few good men and women to help him blog about this year’s mayors race and the issues that confront the city.  If you’re interested in helping Max or have any comments, please add your comments in the comment section of this or any other blog post on this site.