Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Fight for Austin PAC, which was created by six Austinites of diverse backgrounds to support candidates who prioritize public safety, is announcing their second endorsement of the 2020 election cycle: Louis Herrin for City Council in District 4.
District 4 is currently represented by Greg Casar, who led the council effort to pass the homeless camping ordinance and cut $150 million the police budget.
Here is a joint statement from the Fight for Austin Board:
“Louis Herrin is a committed public servant who understands both city government and the need to prioritize public safety. There is no one in Austin who has done more damage to public safety than Greg Casar, the ringleader behind both the homeless camping ordinance and the $150 million police budget cut. Austinites who agree that our city is less safe today than it was a year ago must help Louis win this critical race.”
Herrin has pledged to restore funding for the Austin Police.
“The City Council cut $150M from the police (34% of the annual budget) when violent crime is growing the fastest rate in five years and when Austin led the nation in the growth of the homicide rate in recent months (WSJ data),” said Herrin. “We can reform policing and improve city services to prevent crime in a more productive and efficient way that will keep Austin cites safe.”
Additionally, Herrin has pledged to reinstate the camping ban.
“The homeless camping ordinance is destroying our city by harming public safety, public health, tourism and the image of Austin,” said Herrin. “It is not compassionate for the homeless who need to be in shelters, not in tents, where they can get the help they need to get back on their feet. I will fight to get the camping ban restored.”
Fight for Austin PAC has six founding board members:
Cleo Petricek - Local Democratic activist, founder, S.A.F.E. Project
Michael Girard – Downtown Austin property owner & owner of Speakeasy
Ellen Troxclair - Realtor and former Austin City Council member
Chris Ragland - Moderate Democrat, community activist, 6th generation Austinite.
Larry D. Maddalena, D.C. - Independent, VP, Joint Corp National Franchise Advisory Board, owner of nine businesses in the greater Austin area
Matt Mackowiak - Consultant and local Republican leader