Was Laura Morrison even trying?

I expected Steve Adler to win reelection easily. But not that easily. Somebody who had access to polls told me a week before the election that he was up by 25+ points. I don’t take polls of Council districts very seriously, but citywide, I figured the sample would be strong enough to come pretty close. Whatevs. (By the way, don’t fall for this “polling doesn’t work anymore” nonsense. The polls performed great nationally last night)

I have no idea what Morrison and her campaign did behind the scenes to try to expand their support and I’m starting to wonder if they did anything at all. Did she interpret her support among current and former members of the city’s two land use commissions and think that meant the city was desperate for change?

Although Morrison’s campaign rhetoric sought to appeal to people who aren’t intimately involved in zoning battles, it’s worth noting that her circle of advisers and volunteers came almost entirely from the defenders of “neighborhood character.” At least if we’re going off all of the campaign photos she posted.

This video she posted a few days before the election showed three people working in the background: ZAP Commissioners Betsy Greenberg and Jolene Kiolbassa.

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In this other photo we see Planning Commissioners Patricia Seeger and Karen McGraw, along with Ora Houston aide Christopher Hutchins. To Morrison’s credit, Hutchins and a couple other younger people in the photo suggest her campaign wasn’t entirely run by Baby Boomers.

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Voters under 35 became the largest voting bloc in Travis County this year, but there were very few under-35 faces in this photo of Morrison and supporters:

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