Linda Jean Curtis (I)

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Linda Curtis grew up in Miami, Florida, the during the construction “boom” of 1950s. She is the daughter of a sub-contractor who loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, but Daddy had helped to “pave over paradise” and “put up a parking lot.” Linda attended the University of Florida during the Vietnam War where she caught the political bug and dropped out. She ultimately received her bachelor’s degree at age 60 from Huston-Tillotson University.

 

Linda moved to Austin in 1992 and to Bastrop in 2002.

 

She has a long history in independent politics. In the 90’s she served on the national committee of Ross Perot’s Reform Party USA, serving as its Texas state organizer.

 

Following the demise of the Reform Party in 2001, Linda co-founded Independent Texans PAC. The PAC got its big break in 2005-6, when Carole Keeton Strayhorn, the Republican Texas Comptroller, left the GOP to run as an independent for Governor against Republican Governor Rick Perry.

 

In 2013, Linda helped found a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c4 membership association for independent voters – the League of Independent Voters of Texas (LIV).

Linda has played a leading role in several citizen municipal petitions, including three significant efforts in the city of Austin. One of them was a campaign finance reform measure called Austinites for A Little Less Corruption in 1997. It passed with 72% of the vote.

 

Linda is a leader in central Texas to avert the “California Water Model” i.e., mass conveyance of groundwater for real estate development in areas with inadequate local supply. This includes working to secure an audit and cutback of the controversial Vista Ridge "San Antone Hose" water pipeline. Learn about it LIV’s water page The Big Squeeze

Fun Facts About Linda: 
 

  • Jay Leno in his "funny headlines" bit read a headline from the Austin American-Statesman about Linda, commenting, ‘Here's this woman, Linda Curtis, running for Austin City Council because she wants just 'a little less corruption'. Big laugh. 
     

  • When Linda was running for Austin City Council as "Linda for A Little Less Corruption," she called a voter by the name of Greg Abbott. Then Texas Supreme Court Justice, now Governor, told her he had just voted for her. 

 

  • Linda rides horses, but does not bet on them. She believes her chances of winning this race are substantially better than Rich Strike, the 80-1 shot that just won the Kentucky Derby.

Madeline Eden (D)

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Madeline Eden is a Texan, parent, inventor, entrepreneur, and your next representative for Texas 17th State House District.

Madi has lived with her family in Bastrop County since 2005; where she’s been an active community organizer, and vocal advocate for civil rights. She has more than three decades of leadership experience from the Texas technology sector, and currently works as the Executive Director for COVAC; a Texas based non-profit organization that conducts emergency pandemic response activities. Her most recent efforts on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped to provide COVID-19 vaccination and testing services for thousands of Texans across the state.

Ms. Eden is also known for her work with Register2Vote, which she co-founded in early 2018. Her open-source tools and technology have helped to register millions of voters nationwide, and the Register2Vote system she developed is considered the “closest thing to online voter registration in the state of Texas”. Her campaign is working to address a wide range of issues including: healthcare access, environmental protections, rural broadband accessibility, marijuana legalization, veterans care, common sense firearms legislation, voting rights, protecting local water rights, immigration reform, better funding for teachers/schools, social justice reform, and improving healthcare access for all Texans.

Stan Gerdes (R)

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This candidate did not respond to requests for a biography.