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Garry Brown's Endorsements

RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 16, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I really appreciate the mention of my candidacy in today’s Austin Chronicle story about endorsements in the Pct. 2 Commissioner's race [“Commissioner Race Kicks Into Gear,” Newsdesk blog, Sept. 11] . However, it does not tell the whole story of my own endorsements.
    Like my friendly competitors, I, too, have current and former elected officials’ endorsements – Constable Sally Hernandez, former County Commissioner Karen Huber, former County Tax Assessor-Collector Nelda Wells Spears, and former Judge Charlie Baird.
    Yes, I am lucky to have earned the support of many Democratic Club leaders as mentioned in the story, but I also enjoy the support of many precinct chairs in Pct. 2 and across the county, local Democratic leaders working on the state party level, two former executive directors of the Travis County Democratic Party (TCDP), and a former TCDP chair. Still, this is not the whole story.
    As Democrats, we know that grassroots support is vital in small races, such as this one for Travis County Pct. 2 Commissioner. The missing piece of this story is about my advantage in grassroots support. In total, I have 72 endorsements from local grassroots Democratic leaders who have raised their voice in support of me and my message of new ideas, new leadership, and new politics in moving Travis County forward. They are all part of the almost 500 supporters listed on my website, which is more than the published combined lists of my friendly competitors.
    Thanks, Chronicle, for paying attention to this race and for allowing me to fully explain my own endorsements.
Garry Brown

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