"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,"
Don Zimmerman faced off with his opponent in the Austin City Council district 6 runoff tonight. While the debate was friendly and the candidates had meaningful areas of agreement, there was a clear difference in style. Don's opponent argues that the district would be better served by a go-along-to-get-along representative, Don argues in favor of shaking up the status quo.
- Libertarian leaning "Ron Paul Republican"
- Political liberty is a very, very, serious thing.
- I'm all for singing kumbaya, but there comes a time you have to stand up for your liberties.
- "I'm the only candidate in this city who has actually abolished a property tax."
- Opponent has background in "workforce development"
- Don on traffic: "We need road expansion."
- Opposes rail on Guadelupe: "Just no good for moving people."
- Opponent: Transportation problems are caused by land use.
- Opponent endorses something along the lines of zero-based budgeting.
- Don: "The spending habits have got to be broken."
- Audit the City.
- New City Manager.
- Don: Homestead exemption "a step in the right direction."
- Eliminate City Economic Development department.
- 3% across the board budget cut.
- Spending drives taxes.
- Opponent: Restructure Austin Energy and Water.
- Opponent: Militarization of police "frightening."
- Don: Appoint "technical people and engineers" to boards and commissions.
- Don: Against sanctuary cities.
- Opponent: For sanctuary cities.
- Don: Singing kumbaya doesn't work.
- City government doesn't respect rule of law.
- Got to make city government follow rule of law.
- Audit all city departments.
- The people who know him best put him over the top.