Austin City Council Place 5 Endorsement: Bill Spelman

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We recognize there is little need for us to issue an endorsement in an uncontested race, but Bill Spelman is a candidate who deserves endorsing.

A former councilman and current University of Texas professor, Spelman will bring to the city council an intelligent, balanced perspective having both served inside and outside city government in the past decade. Rather than coming to the table with a preconceived bias or opinion, we feel that Spelman will draw on a wide ranging store of personal knowledge and experience to guide his reasoning.

No one has to teach Bill Spelman how to dig into the background data that should guide decision making on the council. What he does not know, he will find out. This is evident in his campaign's continuing efforts to host forums and work sessions to garner feedback and information from a wide variety of regional groups and interests. Spelman needs only to vote for himself to get elected, but it is refreshing to see a candidate who is already living the job we are going to elect him to do.

We enthusiastically endorse Bill Spelman for Place 5.

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Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races. Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement.


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  1. Spelman?
    I cannot believe BOR endorsed Bill Spelman when they could have endorsed Bill Spelman, who is also on the ballot. I am sure that Bill Spelman is an honorable man, but Bill Spelman is much more qualified.

  2. April 14: Bill Spelman Community Town Hall Meeting
    You're invited to our upcoming town hall meeting focusing on the budget and economy. We have tough challenges ahead of us, and we need to work together to develop solutions.

    Bill Spelman Community Town Hall Meeting

    * Topic: Budget & Economy

    * Tuesday, April 14

    * 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    * First Unitarian Universalist Church

    * 4700 Grover Ave

    * Austin, TX 78756

    * RSVP on Facebook

    Please join us and make your voice heard. If you can't make it, please share your ideas online.

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