| For Austin City Council Place 2, Burnt Orange Report enthusiastically and unanimously endorses Mike Martinez for re-election. This was an easy decision, based largely on the good work done by Martinez in his second term.
At his kick-off, Martinez emphasized his commitment to the Austin we don't see everyday -- the working poor, the unemployed, the homeless; the people who don't live in influential neighborhoods or participate in countless civic organizations, yet nevertheless rely on a strong, functioning City Hall. There are significant unmet needs in this community -- needs of Austinites who can't show up at City Hall to speak to a commission in the middle of the workday, and who have little time or energy to put in the hours of the most active activists. Martinez has shown himself to be a champion of these unseen Austinites, and regularly references the basic material needs of the urban poor from the dais.
Martinez's opponent, Dr. Laura Pressley, is an avid Ron Paul supporter, and has grown increasingly upset on the campaign trail when asked to justify her support for the Republican candidate. (Additionally, much of the momentum for her campaign comes from her opposition to the flouridization of our water supply.) Martinez is a life-long Democrat, and the first local elected official to endorse Barack Obama for President during the 2008 primary. He is an active supporter of our Democratic candidates and party, and works hard to stand by those values. Martinez distinguished himself during the debate over moving our elections from May to November, when he made an impassioned speech about the importance of lowering barriers to civic participation. He's a good Democrat, and while municipal offices may be non-partisan, this is a progressive, Democratic city, and we are a partisan, Democratic blog, so as far as we're concerned, Martinez's good works aside, it's inexcusable to vote for Pressley.
As we wrote in 2009 when we endorsed Martinez for re-election the first time, "He's not been shy about expressing his Democratic bonafides and we're not shy in expressing our support for his re-election." The same is true today.
We're for strong Democrats, strong teeth, and a strong Austin. We enthusiastically and unanimously endorse Mike Martinez for re-election.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.