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Mike Martinez to announce mayoral bid

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Austin City Council member Mike Martinez announced on Wednesday that he will throw his hat into the race to be Austin's next mayor on Saturday, April 5th. Martinez will announce his campaign in each of Austin's 10 new City Council districts.

In his announcement, Martinez said that the mayor's office needed "experienced leadership" to spearhead the big changes ahead for the city of Austin.

"As mayor, I will work with the new Council to ensure we hit the ground running and that geographic representation is successful and effective from day one," said Martinez.

Since first running for City Council in 2006, Martinez has supported a move to geographic representation. He voted as a City Council member to put the 10-1 proposal on the November 2012 ballot.

Martinez also announced some of his early policy priorities and proposals as a candidate for mayor. They include:

  • Create a new "Austin Affordability Index" that restricts City tax and spending increases
  • Advance new citywide policies to help ensure equal pay for equal work
  • Work with state legislators to increase the minimum wage in Austin to $10.10
  • Work with the community to create a comprehensive plan to fight poverty in Austin
  • Work with AISD and community leaders to expand access to Pre-K education in Austin
  • Make new investments in both roads and urban rail to address Austin's traffic crisis
  • Expand Austin's role as a national leader in the fight against climate change
  • Create a new regional Water Conservation Task Force to coordinate strategies for future water supply
  • Work with Travis County and surrounding cities to be leaders in wildfire prevention
  • Establish policies and programs to end veteran homelessness in Austin
  • Consider consolidation efforts in city departments to improve efficiency and operations


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