With all due respect, your endorsement of another candidate over Robin Cravey in the Place 4 City Council race is off the mark in my view [“'Chronicle' Endorsements
,” News, April 25]. As a former council aide, an attorney, and a longtime leader in neighborhood and environmental causes, Cravey's qualifications cannot be matched. Nor can his vision for the future of Austin, which he has taken the trouble to state in detail on his website.
Cravey is the only candidate I have seen run for office in Central Texas who has thought to include the protection of area farmland and farmers in his list of strategic objectives. That's the kind of foresight we will need in the radically hard times that lie ahead, driven by oil depletion and climate change. He would likewise support small local businesses over large corporate interests, sidewalks and bikeways over freeways, affordable housing over McMansions, and, of course, would defend what is left of the natural environment.
Cravey minces no words in declaring his position. He speaks in a voice that clearly conveys his strength, his sincerity, and his passion for Austin. To fail to elect him to Place 4 would be to miss a rare opportunity for a critical upgrade in the quality and wisdom of city government.