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The City Accountability Project has endorsed an outstanding candidate for the upcoming December 13 Runoff election:​

Linda has the experience and integrity to fight for change at City Hall.  She has decades more experience than her opponent, including chairing the Austin Parks Board and Austin Environmental Commission.  She helped plan the University Neighborhood Overlay which generated tens of thousands of affordable housing units in central Austin.  She has also taught in AISD for over 20 years and is a life long District 9 resident, whereas her opponent has hardly any work experience or civic service to speak of.  We are fortunate to have a candidate as well-qualified as Linda ready to serve on Council!

This endorsement was made after carefully evaluating the full field of candidates, and included questionnaire responses and interviews.  The CAP Advisory Board then voted to endorse in the above three races. 

As we head into the next two weeks the City Accountability Project will continue to educate and advocate across Austin for both specific issues as well as broader goals of more local government accountability and transparency.

Our mission: influence the council races to change the course of tribal politics that govern Austin today.

Over the last six-plus months, CAP has made significant progress in bringing rationality to a big financial issue the City faces: our $1.5 billion proposed Convention Center expansion. We have successfully advocated to multiple City Boards and Commissions, elected officials, civic leaders, and many candidates running this fall.

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The next stage of our plan is to take that and other financial issues straight to voters in the council races we made endorsements in. CAP intends to campaign smart and hard in the competitive races to educate voters and support candidates who share our priorities: accountability, transparency, public input, and spending on vital City needs that solve problems – NOT financial boondoggles supported by special interests.

With our education and advocacy, we can change the faces of the incoming council members and elect financially-sensible voices who listen to constituents.  We will keep you informed about how these races unfold.


Austin has changed dramatically - especially over the last several years.  We have seen unprecedented civic projects initiated that accompanied equally unprecedented spending, on issues like transportation, tourism, criminal justice, and addressing homelessness. 


The City does a poor - and often non-existant - job of transparently informing the public about the status of these huge projects and their outcomes.  Too often we see national politics or outside spending - or even a push by a narrow interest group - shape public understanding on key issues that impact the entire City.  Voters are left scratching their heads making sense of issues and who or what to support as they are deluged with information for several weeks out of the year leading up to a key vote or election.

CAP wants to change that approach, by investigating and advocating year round, from grassroots up to elected officials and candidates, and energizing a broad middle-of-the-road constituency focused on accountability and outcomes to combat political and ideological extremism.


The City Accountability Project - CAP - was started by two longtime Austinities and political outsiders who were fed up by the lack of transparency and accountability at City Hall.



Serve as watchdog on local and municipal fiscal issues.


Hold elected leaders and their policies accountable.


Organize a broad-based effort to rein in extremism.

Advocate & build a middle-of-the-road consensus on key fiscal and civic issues.


Investigate and inform the public on “pocketbook” issues.


Support/oppose local candidates based on the above platform.



Educating - from Grassroots to Elected Officials



Working with like-minded groups & communities


Ensuring that All Voices

are Heard



Advancing responsible candidates and policies

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