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High taxes, irresponsible spending, and burdensome regulation are making Austin less affordable for the average family. 

Taxpayers need a voice.

I've stepped forward as the limited government candidate for Austin City Council in District 6 because we need a new conversation about the proper role of government in our lives and our wallets. 

10-1 gives Austin a chance for new ideas and fresh perspectives to be heard.  As the Austin Chronicle wrote: "If the new 10-1 Council will have a conservative seat, [District 6] is the most likely venue." 

Taxpayers need a strong voice on Austin City Council. 

I'm committed to being that voice. 

You can see a recent article here highlighting the race or click the map below to get a better view of District 6.

The New York Times recently did a story on our campaign's historic effort to change City Hall.

This is it.  This is your opportunity to make history in Austin and change our home for the better!

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  • commented 2014-11-03 20:04:33 -0600
    Wanting to show my support to a former Galvestonian. I have the honor and pleasure of knowing Jay’s mother who worked with my mom at Rosenberg Elementary School in Galveston. I am very proud of Jay and his family. I will definitely keep him in my thoughts and prayers as the voting occurs on tomorrow in Austin. The best man will win!
  • commented 2014-10-31 17:09:04 -0500
    You got my vote. Independent.
  • commented 2014-10-14 14:51:09 -0500
    Any voice of reason and sanity on the City Council will be a major change, and really scare some of the entrenched lunatics. You know, the pseudo-intellectuals, who like to refer to themselves as “progressive” and never miss an opportunity to claim moral superiority, but cannot defend their decisions and goals when faced with the cold hard facts of fiscal reality.

    Just last year, they proudly and publicly declared Austin was a “sanctuary city” welcoming an influx of illegals. Illegals that require lots of “social programs”, and bilingual teachers, and new schools, and always more, more, more money from the taxpayers! I don’t recall voting for this “feel good declaration”, despite the ridiculous taxes stolen from me to support such idiocy. If it were up to the previous councils, we would provide free housing, utilities, food, education, transportation, medical services, daycare, etc. for everyone!!! Yea, the perfect socialist utopia!

    Just remember – Socialism is for the people, NOT the Socialists. They’re soooo much smarter than everyone else, they deserve to be in charge, and have riches and rewards and accolades, just ask them…they won’t be living the the tiny, “sustainable” housing communities, crammed in with people of every race, creed, religion, and sexual preference, listening to the constant fights and screams and sirens. Yep, utopia.

    And don’t forget that Socialists (a.k.a “progressives” or “statists”) always work behind the scenes to force their agenda on the “common people”. You can be certain that the Austin City Council has grandiose plans for “sustainable development”, “green energy”, “Agenda 21”, “World Government”, etc. All of which strip you of your liberties and individuality, rob you of your wealth, and most of all, prevent you from success.

    Oh, yeah, they run a $1 Billion utility as well..maybe we need someone who can actually balance a checkbook and set a budget and live within it on the council…NOT some radical idealists who think “green” energy is so good it’s worth 10x more, just increase the price! If the “common folks” can’t afford it, let them use less, while they subsidize all the other “poor” folks so they can have their fair share.
  • commented 2014-09-28 19:58:47 -0500
    I am forced to buy plastic bags for trash because there are no plastic bags. It is additional consumer expence and unnecessary. Businesses are forced to provide paper bags and no way in h. am i going to carry bags to the mall and every place I go shopping. What the h. was city council thinking. If litigated by consumers this ban would be a joke like the coke ban in New York because it does nothing to solve plastic bags in the trash. It was a lie and a scam by city council. It was likely arranged by HEB and businesses trying to cut cost paying off city council. The technology exists to separate bags. Use techology that’s why we develop the techology. Lets all compost and smell the neighborhoods to avoid using plastic bags. There is a right way of being environmentally conscious and a wrong way. Austin has demonstrated the aburdity of getting it wrong.
  • commented 2014-09-23 19:37:49 -0500
    Why would you want to bring back plastic bags when there are more important issues at hand. Our traffic situation, our water situation and education should be of utmost importance.
  • commented 2014-09-22 18:33:57 -0500
    Thank you soo much for running. I regret that I live in district 1 and can not place a vote for you, however, I have many friends in district 6 and will be encouraging all of them to get behind you. It’s about time we had a counter voice to the absolute lunacy that our city council pushes forward. My monthly property taxes are already about 15% of my income and they keep threatening to raise them. Please, please, please help us average folks be able to remain in the city we love before “affordable housing” makes my house unaffordable.
  • commented 2014-08-20 13:49:27 -0500
    What specific inefficiencies and waste would you be cutting? I always get nervous when I hear that from the conservative crowd in affluent areas because it usually means education and relief programs.
  • commented 2014-06-17 12:51:58 -0500
    Thank you Audrey, the good news is we will start to have new conversations at City Hall next year about these things. The current Council couldn’t be less interested in any of those problems you mentioned. New ideas, fresh eyes, and different perspectives will make for a better Council. Change won’t happen overnight but I’m committed to changing minds and reprioritizing.
  • commented 2014-06-17 12:21:41 -0500
    The outrageous electric bills (received 1st summer bill) alone should be more than enough to elect new people to the city council in December. The bag ban, lack of roads (2222/620) and property taxes are all huge issues that must be dealt with. I moved from LA 10 years ago and I can say that Austin really is no different.
  • commented 2014-06-12 12:08:40 -0500
    If you want to get a better idea of where the Austin Taxes come from and where the money is spent go to www.budgetinfographics.com/Austin
  • commented 2014-05-12 15:30:09 -0500
    Thanks for that Chris — I look at it differently. City Council has been preoccupied with boutique issues while ignoring core city issues and taxpayers’ concerns for far too long. I refer you to my blog post on my site called “It’s not about the bag” for more on why if the City can restrict what legal products a private company can offer their customer — they can do just about anything. Next time it may be something that you do care about, but the precedent’s been set. We have a culture at City Hall that’s hostile to taxpayers and small business owners (who employ the rest of us). The result of all that bad policy is clear in every tax bill, energy bill, and the traffic we endure every day. Keep offering the same big government solutions and expecting different results?… not me. That’s forward, my friend, not backwards.
  • commented 2014-05-12 15:25:10 -0500
    Of all the things you could spend your energy doing to make Austin even better, you want to move things backwards by repealing the plastic bag ban? No thanks.
  • commented 2014-04-24 19:48:25 -0500
    7 – 11pm, Sunset Room. Sunset is at 8:15, band will go on around 8:30. Hope you can make it!
  • commented 2014-04-24 16:32:45 -0500
    What time May 10th at the Oasis?
  • commented 2013-11-20 11:57:39 -0600
    Right on Jay! Most important thing is CUT Property Taxes, and CUT out of the 1 BILLION $ in waste, fraud, and abuse in the City Budget, that’s 30% of the ATX annual budget, get it down to the per capita budget of the rest of the cities in Texas. Would be a GREAT start.
  • commented 2013-11-20 10:57:51 -0600
    Thanks for checking us out Dan! I’m excited about digging into these issues more as we go forward. I’m interested in the market dictating what new developments go up — apart from meddling by government. When government gets involved, it creates false markets that eventually crumble under the weight of real market forces. That, of course, leads to more government intervention, and more and more public money spent to correct problems created by previous government meddling! It’s a never ending cycle.

    In short, let’s start asking the very important threshold question: Should city government be involved in X issue? Most often, the answer is no. Central planning is well-intentioned, I think. But the results are all too often negative, and very costly. I’m running to make government leaner, less burdensome on small businesses, and to lower the cost of living in Austin.

    Stay tuned, Dan, it’s going to be a busy campaign — and a lot of fun too!

    Jay
  • commented 2013-11-20 10:41:54 -0600
    What regulations in particular would you look to limit? Where would you stand on:
    • Minimum parking regulations
    • McMansion ordinance


    Would you support changing zoning? How do you feel about CodeNext? Do you have positions on any particular developments that have gone up at council recently, such as the S. Lamar development at the Taco Cabana site? Add some meat to your positions!
  • commented 2013-10-04 04:21:10 -0500
    …at long last. A non-liberal candidate.
  • commented 2013-10-02 16:37:30 -0500
    Right On!