October 22, 2018
Political campaigns are very serious enterprises, but they have their funny and absurd moments. Sadly, I’m usually the unfortunate star of the ridiculous ones.
Recently, a candidate reached out for my advice and requested a meeting. Soon after we sat down across from each other, my nose sort of itched. I tried rubbing it surreptitiously, hoping I didn’t have something, let’s say, nasally unattractive. Almost immediately, the candidate rubbed her nose. Did she think I was sending a message that she had something wrong with her nose? Or was she sending me a signal that I hadn’t taken care of my problem with that first effort? I played with my nose some more, which seemed to cause her….well, you can see where this is going.
Any of you feel the urge to scratch your nose while reading that?
“Elections have consequences”
We hear that so often from those in control of the Capitol, usually just as they’re about to cram through bad public policy because they can. Because they have the numbers.
Now, it’s time to change that.
Early voting begins today in what we all know is an election that will have huge, uh…consequences. We’ve marched. We’ve rallied. We’ve resisted. And now it’s time to vote.
A record number of people have registered to vote in Travis County and now 93 percent of residents who are eligible to vote are registered. That’s extraordinary and the result of a lot of hard work by some folks who truly care about our community and our democracy.
But registration doesn’t mean much if those people don’t vote. In 2014, only about 41 percent
of the registered voters in Travis County actually voted. Even in 2016, when it seemed like the election was all anyone could talk about, just 64 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in Travis County.
Our non-voting has consequences.
What’s on the Ballot?
I’m on the ballot and would be honored to continue to serve you in the Texas Senate. I love being your state senator. I’d appreciate your vote.
You all know the amazing candidates that we have running this year from in and around Austin — and Texas — and many of those elections will be key to deciding the direction of our country and our state.
Locally, the City of Austin has some very significant propositions on the ballot, including a $250 million bond for affordable housing. Ensuring everyone can be a part of our community is essential to maintaining what we love about Austin, and this bond is a big step toward creating more affordable housing options for our neighbors.
This is serious business. Please vote. Do I have something on my nose?