Austin Mayoral Election: Ask the candidates...
In the spirit of Austin, technology, social media, and many other great things, I'm posing a few questions to the candidates for mayor of Austin. I contacted each candidate via their publicly-available email address, inviting them to respond to any/all of the following questions...right here on door64.
The following questions came from various sources, including Austin-area tech community members. Please note that door64.com does not officially endorse a candidate for Austin mayor. However, we are happy to host a discussion that engages all the candidates on issues relevant to the door64 / local high-tech community at large.
- If elected, what would be your plans for creating, fostering, and retaining high-tech companies and jobs in Austin? What concrete steps can we expect in your first three months in office?
- Austin invests in programs to promote local film and music. Do you believe similar investment is necessary in our local high-tech industry? Why or why not? If yes, what type of investment would you consider? Historically speaking, what specifically have you done to promote Austin's high-tech industry?
- Social media has emerged thanks to an attitude shift in the online public at large: people want to communicate with each other, and openly engage with their government. How do you think Austin city government can embrace social media to better engage its citizens with ideas, policy, and decision-making?
To the candidates who are responding: please be as lengthy or succinct with your answers as you wish. In the spirit of the door64 community, I only request that each candidate answer affirmatively about their own record, plans, and ideas, and refrain from comparisons with your peers also running for this same office.
For the door64 members, I am confident we will have a professional and respectful debate. I expect all comments will be regarding the candidates' own responses, and not critiquing the questions themselves, or drawing comparisons between candidates. Mud-slinging will not be tolerated. Also, please refrain from commenting until at least one candidate has responded. I reserve the right to delete any comment that does not adhere to these guidelines. Thank you!
Early voting extends from April 27th to May 5th, 2009. The joint General and Special Election will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2009. See here for all kinds of good information.