AUSTIN -- The Travis GOP voted Tuesday night to "save the soul of Austin."
Todd Phelps, candidate for Austin mayor, received the unanimous endorsement of the Travis County Republican Executive Committee Tuesday evening. Phelps, a native Austinite who has made waves and built momentum with his message of cutting outrageous property taxes and ending corporate giveaways, has said if we fail to make Austin more affordable -- especially for our small businesses and local artists -- Austin will "lose its soul."
"Todd Phelps understands that we are in an epic battle for the future of this city, as our city leaders make affordability and transportation worse with their actions," said Matt Mackowiak, chairman of the Travis GOP. "We are thrilled to endorse Todd and grateful that he will offer voters a real choice in the Mayor’s race. I have asked a lot of people what meaningful difference there would be between four more years of Steve Adler and the election of Laura Morrison, and the difference is negligible. Our executive committee was impressed by Phelps' creative and practical approaches to solving the problems our hardest working citizens and small businesses face. We look forward to spreading our message of cutting taxes and reigning in government spending and regulations with him in the days approaching the Nov. 6 general election. We believe he can make the runoff and he needs help from fed-up Austin taxpayers to get there."
Phelps is a small business owner, farmer, and musician with experience in commercial lending, property management and spearheading a wind energy company in North Texas.
"I am not a rich guy, I don’t live in a multi-million-dollar home, and I don’t have $300,000 to loan to my campaign," Phelps said. "But I know what it’s like for the hundreds of thousands of average people that are trying to run a business, cultivate the land, protect the environment and preserve the music and culture of Austin. I'm a man deeply saddened as retirees must leave behind their homes and friends because Austin is simply too expensive for them to live. I'm running for mayor because I want to do everything I can to save the soul of Austin."
For more information on the Todd Phelps for Mayor campaign visit www.toddphelpsforaustin.com
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AUSTIN -- In a unanimous vote at last night’s monthly meeting (Aug. 21), the Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee endorsed Frank Ward for Austin City Council in District 8.
Currently representing the Southwest Austin district is Ellen Troxclair, who announced last month she would not seek re-election for a second, four-year term. She voiced her support for Ward as her successor soon after her retirement announcement and his candidate filing.
According to Matt Mackowiak, Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, Ward is the best choice to carry on the strong leadership tradition begun by Troxclair, who was not only the first representative of District 8 under the 10-1 plan but the youngest woman ever elected to Austin City Hall.
"Frank Ward wants to fight for taxpayers and his experience, vision, platform, and unwavering commitment to conservative principles has earned the unanimous endorsement of the Travis County GOP," said Mackowiak. "Austin is suffering from an affordability crisis that City Hall is not only refusing to make better, but actively making worse. Frank Ward wants to seriously address our out-of-control property taxes, rising city spending and will support sensible transportation solutions. We strongly believe that Frank Ward is the right choice for District 8 citizens who have faithfully supported Troxclair for these past four years. I would urge all Republicans in the city of Austin to directly support Frank’s candidacy to ensure at least one conservative will be serving on the City Council come January."
“I’m honored to have the support of hard-working Austin conservatives who love this city, but also recognize that, increasingly, there are numerous challenges to people’s livelihoods here that must be addressed,” Ward said. “The persistent rise in our property taxes is unsustainable and will continue to drive out families and individuals who contribute much to Austin’s vibrancy and want to remain in our city. The way to deal with an affordability crisis is not to push for hundreds of millions of dollars in new bond spending on the backs of middle-class families or to maintain expensive, time-consuming, and unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that harms individuals and small businesses. Ellen has fought hard to change the status quo in Austin; I will do all I can to continue building on her important progress on behalf of all Austin taxpayers.”
Ward lives in Circle C with his wife, Marion, and their three children. He is a Partner with Austin-based public affairs firm, The Mach 1 Group, where he serves as Vice President of Client Services. With a Master’s degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University, experience working at the Export-Import Bank of the United States—as well as a record of dedicated service in The White House, the U.S. Senate, the Republican National Committee, and the Texas Capitol—Ward would also bring experience as a small businessman to the Council dais.
To learn more about Frank Ward, visit his campaign website, http://www.WardForAustin.com.
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'Reliable taxpayer champion' Troxclair announces intent to not seek re-election to Austin City Council
The following statement is from Matt Mackowiak, Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party:
"Council Member Ellen Troxclair has been a dedicated public servant and a reliable taxpayer champion on the Austin City Council and her leadership will be sorely missed. Her consistent efforts to advance fiscal responsibility, address rising property taxes, reduce wasteful spending, and extend the Homestead Exemption have been deeply appreciated by all Republicans. We thank her for her incredible service these past four years and wish her very well as she supports her growing family and returns to to private sector. We know her future is bright."
AUSTIN -- The Travis County Republican Party wastes no time in its efforts to elect as many Republicans as possible.
Immediately after the March 6 primary, candidates appearing on Travis County Republican Primary ballots -- win or lose -- will stand together to pledge their mutual support for the local GOP slate in November. The Unity Press Conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Republican Party of Texas headquarters (211 E. 7th St., Ste. 915, Austin).Read more
AUSTIN -- The Travis County Republican Party (TCRP) Executive Committee on Nov. 14 unanimously passed a ballot security resolution supporting the purchase of a new Travis County election system that utilizes a paper ballot so that voters may verify their vote and where election results may be manually counted in the event of a recount.
The resolution, initiated by the TCRP’s recently formed Election Security Committee, highlights that the State Republican Party Platform supports the use of paper ballots. ...Read more
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TCRP Chairman Mackowiak: Dukes Prosecution Fiasco Proves Travis County DA’s Office Has Badly Failed Taxpayers
AUSTIN – Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak released a statement today following the news that Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore has dropped 13 felony tampering with a governmental record charges and two misdemeanor abuse of official capacity charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin):
“Today’s news that District Attorney Moore is letting Rep. Dukes walk free without even going to trial after indictment for 15 very serious corruption charges is an embarrassment to Travis County and a monumental waste of taxpayer funds by two Democratic District Attorneys. Even with substantial evidence against Rep. Dukes, much of it dutifully generated by news media investigation, the Travis County District attorney's office couldn't even bring a single viable case to court after two years of costly legal maneuvering.Read more
AUSTIN -- On the heels of a press conference (pictured) opposing an unnecessary, billion-dollar Austin ISD bond package, the Travis County Executive Committee voted at its October meeting to not only oppose the AISD debt but also two other local school district tax hikes.
Travis County GOP Steering Committee member Don Zimmerman, Outreach Director Mike Lee, and Precinct Chairmen Tori Moreland and James Ritter stood with a diverse coalition with a united mission to expose the AISD bond's flaws. Representatives from the Gray Panthers and LULAC were also present, as well as former Austin City Council and GOP Texas House candidate Michael Cargill.
Below is the pertinent text of each resolution as approved.Read more