| County Treasurer is an obscure office, and if it cannot be reformed to advance progressive goals, it should be eliminated. Burnt Orange Report endorses Ramey Ko as the ideal candidate to accomplish this.
The county treasurer is the chief custodian of all county funds. The treasurer disburses county funds as directed by the commissioners court and can act as the chief liaison between the county and all depository banks. In this day and age -- and especially here in Travis County -- the position has become all-but-invisible. Several counties have already eliminated their office of County Treasurer. An automatic check-signing machine handles the bulk of the labor in this position.
Travis County deserves a County Treasurer who will look for the ability to innovate the office and see if it can be used proactively to advance progressive goals. If not, we advocate for the Treasurer to go to the Legislature and seek elimination of the office.
Ramey Ko is the best candidate to accomplish these goals -- both in terms of modernizing the office and potentially eliminating it. He has a long history of community activism here in Central Texas, and is part of a national network of young Asian-American leaders. He will bring vigorous energy to the position of County Treasurer and offers Travis County voters the best option to revitalize the office, or if that cannot be done, to eliminate it.
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.