Mischaracterized Woody

RECEIVED Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Dear Editor,
    I was disappointed to read that The Austin Chronicle endorsed Margaret Gómez for Precinct 4 Commissioner ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Feb. 16]. As a former resident of Austin now residing outside the city limits in the Del Valle area, in my view, Susanna Woody is the superior choice in this race, and the paper mischaracterized her as an inexperienced candidate.
    I support Susanna Woody for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 4. A native to the area, Susanna has been an active resident of Del Valle for many years. She serves as a seven-year trustee of the Del Valle School Board. Under her period of time in leadership she has proven to be an effective leader. During her time in office the district has seen a number of improvements including an expansion of school facilities and programs, increased teacher pay, and improved health benefits for district employees, to name a few. Susanna has also been active from the vantage of a parent and community member, as a key figure in the development of the Community PTA for Del Valle and the Del Valle Community Coalition. These experiences give Susanna the insight and leadership skills to succeed as county commissioner of Precinct 4.
    In addition to her experience working with the Del Valle community, Susanna is actively involved in progressive political groups in Central Texas, whose power and influence continues to grow. As an active member of Our Revolution Central Texas, Austin DSA, and Left Up To Us to name a few, Susanna, and her husband Roy, are connected to a network of grassroots activists. Susanna has made it a stated aim during her campaign to directly engage communities as county commissioner, making use of her ties in the progressive community to enact much needed policy and improvements to communities in her precinct that have been historically underserved for decades.
    Finally, Susanna has made the most marginalized and neglected citizens of Precinct 4 a centerpiece of her campaign. Many of these communities are outside the city limits of Austin and have been neglected by their representatives for many years. Issues that affect these communities are less prominent within the city limits of Austin, and they include a lack of health care facilities, substandard housing, addiction, child poverty, lack of nutrition (i.e., food deserts), and more. Susanna Woody is the grassroots leader that we have been waiting for in Precinct 4, emerging from her own community with the mindset of an education and community advocate.
Andrew P. Costigan
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