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March 27, 2005

City Council Forum

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

Dear Austinites,

You are invited to attend the Place 3 City Coucil Forum sponsored by the University Democrats (and SG, and Senate of College Councils, and UT Watch) to be held this Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 PM in the main Jester Auditorium.

As the most competitive place on the ballot, all four candidates will be attending including Margot Clarke, Mandy Dealey, Jennifer Kim, and Gregg Knaupe.

The candidates will field questions from a panel of UT students regarding issues such as housing development in the campus area, the Austin economy, and transportation, as well as take questions from audience members.

More information located here.

Also up for a vote by UDems members will be a Constituional change to extend voting rights to those having paid dues as of the end of the Wednesday Forum in an attempt to protect the endorsement meeting from being stacked by any of the campaigns.

As an aside, it feels as if Margot Clarke has regained her frontrunner status from Gregg Knaupe with her recent series of endorsements. While the UDems endorsement is far from locked down by any campaign, I sense a shift in Margot's favor among the membership at large. That and the fact she has a 139 person strong facebook group, 96 of which are in the UDems facebook group. It is filled with progressives, a number of campus leaders, former UDems officers. I'm a bit impressed.

My personal order of candidates (for the moment) is Kim, Clark, Knaupe, Dealey. This week should be interesting and I think the Forum is going to be critical for a lot of people's votes in our Saturday endorsement meeting.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at March 27, 2005 03:40 PM | TrackBack


Margot Clarke's issue page is annoyingly superficial.

Posted by: chrisken at March 27, 2005 08:55 PM

Then again, I guess the other side is a bunch of specific details that no one reads. Hmm.

Posted by: Karl-T at March 28, 2005 02:24 AM

I have strong suspicions about Margot Clarke's demeanor as a council member. I heard that she was fired from planned parenthood for throwing a chair at her boss. Thats the type of person we need to represent us on the council.

Posted by: Andrea at March 28, 2005 12:11 PM

That allegation is completely unfounded. I know Margot very well and the truth is that she resigned from her job at Planned Parenthood and has never thrown a chair at anyone in her life. In fact Margot is a very warm person with the demeanor and judgement to make an excellent councilperson. Let's try to keep the discussion civil and avoid these untrue rumors.

Posted by: Jeff at March 28, 2005 01:25 PM

I hear Andrea was fired from Burnt Orange Report from throwing false rumors at blog post subjects. It that the type of commentor we need on these boards? :)

Posted by: Karl-T at March 28, 2005 03:20 PM

Well, I work next door to Planned Parenthood and I've heard the same story, so I don't know... I also know that none of them seem to be sporting any kind of materials that would indicate support for Margot Clarke.

Margot Clarke is just wrong for Austin. My vote is an ABMC vote- Anybody but Margot Clarke. My list goes Dealey, Knaupe, Kim, NOTA.

Posted by: Andrew Dobbs at March 28, 2005 04:35 PM

Well, I work with Andrew on the BOR and I've heard that he is a Socialist and Republican... I also know that neither of those organizations seem to be sporting any kind of materials that would indicate support for Andrew Dobbs.

Andrew Dobbs is just wrong for BOR. My vote is ABAD- Anybody but Andrew Dobbs. My list goes LaMasters, Dallas.... :)

Posted by: Karl-T at March 28, 2005 07:20 PM

My list goes Betty Dunkerly for Place 4 and that's all I have to say at this point. Place 3 is just unbelievably silly. They're all so indistinguishable from one another.

Posted by: Byron L at March 28, 2005 07:24 PM

What Byron, you havn't decided on the 8000 pound gorilla in Place one, leffingwell? :) I know, I'm seriously considering casting an endorsement vote for Bucknell. Not that I'll be here to vote for any of them in May anyways since I think I'm voting back in Fredericksburg.

Posted by: Karl-T at March 28, 2005 07:27 PM

Dobbs, would you care to back up your seemingly bitter hatred of Margot Clarke with some facts, or are you just going to put all those bad vibes into the world with no support whatsoever?

Posted by: Amanda at March 28, 2005 09:04 PM

Andrew Bucknall is a friend of mine, and I've worked with him with TYD stuff. I'll probably vote for him. I may endorse him. Lee Leffingwell is a good Democrat and will probably win, but I think that it's important to encourage young activists who run for office and Andrew Bucknall fits the bill.

Posted by: Byron L at March 28, 2005 09:39 PM
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