In the inbox today:
Council Member Delia Garza, former Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, and former Mayor Pro Tem and state Rep.-elect Sheryl Cole announced on Wednesday their support for Harper-Madison, an East Austin native, small-business-owner, and community advocate.
The campaign also touted endorsements from a number of other East Austin figures, including Lewis Conway Jr., another candidate who didn’t make it to the runoff, and Nelson Linder, the NAACP leader whose anti-CodeNEXT advocacy puts him in direct conflict with Harper-Madison’s urbanist land use philosophy.
Here are the others:
Commissioner Jeff Travillion, Travis County, Precinct 1
Hon. Dr. Charles Urdy, former Austin City Council member
Volma Overton III, newly elected president of the E.12th St. Merchants Association
Pastor Sylvester Chase, Wesley United Methodist Church
Shavone Otero, Affordable Housing Advocate
Daniel Segura-Kelly, VP of Stonewall Dems and advocate
Albert Black, Community Advocate and ED of Child, Inc.
Jeremy Hendricks, LAD & LIUNA representative
Charles Miles, longtime community activist.
The overarching theme of the press release is that it’s important to have a black voice on City Council. They have a quote from Cole talking about the importance of the black community to “see themselves represented in our government.” Cole made the same case in her own race against a Latino opponent earlier this year.
Perhaps more significantly, they got a statement from Council’s first ever Latina, Delia Garza, saying that it is more important to ensure black representation on Council than to elect Council’s second-ever Latina, Mariana Salazar. Here’s her quote:
I often find myself at different tables in different capacities as the only female minority, and seldom is there African-American representation. This district was specifically created to give our African-American community the opportunity to choose who represented them.”