Austin has undergone a truly historic election. The decades-long dream of having geographic representation through single-member districts across our city will be fulfilled on January 6 when our new council takes office.
Congratulations to Steve Adler, Ora Houston, Delia Garza, Greg Casar, Ann Kitchen, Don Zimmerman, Leslie Pool, Ellen Troxclair, Kathie Tovo and Sherri Gallo on their victories. Steve is a longtime friend and good guy who I have known since he worked down the hall at the Capitol. I am confident that he, along with this new council, will accomplish good things for the city we love, and I look forward to helping in any way that I can.
I want to wish a very special congratulations to my longtime friend, neighbor and new councilman, Pío Renteria, on his big win from District 3. I know he will do an incredible job speaking up for working families. I know Pío, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will be the most accessible and effective member of Council.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Councilman Mike Martinez. He has done a tremendous job fighting for working families during his tenure. He has always been a progressive voice that Austinites could count on, and I am proud to call him a brother. I expect to see bright things come his way very soon.
Coats for Kids
I recently joined the Junior League of Austin for their annual Coats for Kids distribution at the Palmer Events Center. I joined other volunteers in passing out hundreds of coats to children before the holidays. It was a very rewarding way to spend my Saturday morning.
Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill & Farm
I had a great time touring Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill and Farm this morning with Rob Cunningham and Emily Erickson. Their operation is incredible and they strive towards the best in food — organic, local, ethically-raised, etc. We discussed some potential public policies for next session that could alleviate unfair burdens set on small farms across Texas.
As the chair of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus, I know the importance of keeping the community engaged to see how decisions at the Capitol affect the food set on tables across Texas every evening. It won’t be easy, but I am committed to a healthier, well-fed Texas.