Burnt Orange Report endorses Garry Brown for Precinct 2 Travis County Commissioner owing to his experience in county government and long history as a Democratic activist.
In the other open-seat election for a position on the Travis County Commissioners' Court, politicos have engaged in a large debate as to whether we should elect an experienced wonk or a long-time party activist. In Precinct 2, we don't need that argument: Garry Brown is both. Brown offers strong credentials both as a partisan Democrat and an experienced Travis County employee, and that combination compels us to recommend a vote for him in the upcoming primary.
Brown currently serves as the Public Relations Director for Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez, and beforehand he spent four years as Chief of Staff to County Commissioner Karen Huber. That knowledge of county government will allow Brown to hit the ground running on the Commissioners Court, which can benefit from that infusion of energy. Brown's progressive history-he has worked for Lloyd Doggett, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Travis County Democratic Party-leaves us confident that he will be part of the movement towards a better, bolder County government.
Brown's immediate policy proposals emphasize a push for greater efficiency and effectiveness for the county.
He wants a County Administrator to perform day-to-day activities and free up more time for the Court to discuss important policy proposals. He also proposes a Countywide Public Information office, and he frequently worries about the duplication of Travis County's 13 separate fire departments.
Brown's opponents-attorney Richard Jung and former Austin City Council Member Brigid Shea-would make quality commissioners in their own right. Jung, an immigration attorney who is relatively new to the activist community, would bring a completely fresh perspective to county government. Shea would bring the experience of a former elected official with environmentalist bona fides.
But in a new era for local government, we need people like Garry Brown. Austin City Council finds itself facing a completely new system, and Travis County will have a new head executive for the first time in sixteen years. We need people who know what they're talking about, and Garry Brown is that. We also need liberal leaders unafraid to push for their ideals, and Garry Brown should be that, too.
Garry Brown is a strong Democrat to the core who knows the ins and outs of the elected office he is running for; that's quite attractive to us. We recommend a vote for Garry Brown in the race for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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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 with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.