Dear Editor, Almost didn't notice the City Council elections. Then a flier arrived in the mail. Oh my goodness: A woman chowing down on steak, trying to win my vote for city council? I think not. Max Nofziger pegged his constituency, we eat a lot of macaroni and cheese. Went and voted, and now we face a run-off between Kathie Tovo and Randi Shade. Replacing the typical Austin campaign imagery of healthy people swimming in cool spring waters with a Hoffbrau steak swimming in grease is a good way to get attention, and my posse and I found good humor following the story of Miss Meat-and-Potatoes. This week, I received mail from the Committee for Even Minimally Sane and Rational Government in Austin. Inside, I find out Tovo is personally blamed for gang violence, 911 call wait times, and wildfires. A vote for Tovo means we might have drinking water rationed to two days a week. Ever notice the traffic signals are not timed correctly?! That's Tovo's fault too! It concludes: "please, please, please vote against Kathie Tovo." The text of this letter never once mentions how a vote for Randi Shade might help. It's a run-off. Between two individuals. Compare and contrast between the two would be appropriate. If Mike Levy felt he has "never had a politician scare me more than Kathie Tovo," perhaps he should have warned voters before the general election? This letter is the most despicable piece of campaign propaganda that has ever crossed my doorstep. The election and Randi Shade's attempts at campaign marketing were once sort of funny. Now, it is not. People whose friends write and mail such vile letters must not be allowed to shape policy for our city. Vote early, vote often, and vote to keep Austin healthy.
Off to cast my early vote for Kathie Tovo, Tamara Dwyer