Stewart Snider, president of the Austin League, said, "We have supported one type of geographic representation for 4 decades. Over the past 12 months, our study committee met with both advocates and skeptics of geographic representation. We researched how other cities fared after making this change. After countless discussions, our membership recently voted to expand our support to include plans like CD 10-1 because we are convinced this kind of representation will result in a more democratic city council than is provided by our current at-large system."
Snider was joined by former state senator and CRC Chair, the Hon. Gonzalo Barrientos; Nelson Linder, NAACP President and CRC member; and Roger Borgelt, Vice-Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party and representative for Austinites for Geographic Representation;
Frances McIntyre, chair of the LWV committee that studied this issue, said, "The present system of at-large council districts does not provide fair representation. The majority of council members elected over the past 4 decades have come from the same part of town. All Austinites should have an equal voice at City Hall."
Barrientos welcomed the LWVAA's endorsement of the CRC's recommendation: "The 10-1 plan is the best way to make Austin's elections fairer and more representative."
Roger Borgelt of AGR said "We welcome the League of Women Voters to an alliance that includes the NAACP, LULAC, the Austin Police Association, Austin Neighborhood Council, Austin Human Rights Commission, Gray Panthers, Travis County Tejano Democrats and many others. The list of endorsers will continue to grow because CD 10-1 is the only plan for geographic representation that is fully formed and backed by Austinites of all political persuasions."
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