All Austinites deserve a say in the future of our great city. It’s time to put the people first.
Morgan is the progressive Democrat who'll fight to amplify all voices & build an equitable, inclusive Austin.
It’s time to put the people first.
SOCIAL + BUDGET REFORM
The way our city spends money isn't solving our problems. Proven solutions to issues like poverty, crime, and homelessness are chronically underfunded; meanwhile, police are overwhelmed with responsibilities they aren’t equipped for and under immense pressure to fix everything. I’ll invest in essential community services, overhaul unequitable government policies and practices, and transform the role of law enforcement in our communities.
Housing + Land Use
Over the last few decades, Austin’s cost of living has increased rapidly, to the point that many Austin residents struggle to make rent, much less buy a home of their own. As people move further out to find economical housing, our city sprawls out of control. This most dramatically impacts our essential workers and our communities of color. I’ll work to expand housing choices and create an affordable Austin where everyone is able to live in the neighborhood of their choice.
Environment + Sustainability
Austin has many prized natural resources and a rich legacy of stewardship for its natural environment — but some of our longstanding policies on housing and transportation are, perhaps unintentionally, jeopardizing all of our hard work. Urban sprawl is quickly chipping away at the pristine Hill Country as traffic chokes the city’s arteries, and as our climate becomes more erratic we face more extreme weather. I’ll prioritize a multi-faceted approach to achieving true sustainability.
If civic engagement is the foundation of democracy, why is it seemingly so difficult to participate? With barriers to accessing government leaders and participating in the democratic process, it’s no wonder people are frustrated and voter turnout is so low. The change to the 10-1 system in 2014 was an important first step in giving power back. I’ll nourish our civic culture by working for a more accessible and transparent Austin that empowers everyone to take part.
Transportation + Mobility
The more Austin grows, the more places we have to visit: work, school, cafes, parks, shows. But as we grow outward into a sprawling city, so does the challenge of getting to those places quickly and easily — many of us face long commutes, rising transportation costs, and frankly lousy alternatives. I’ll work to reduce traffic congestion, expand transportation choices in all areas of the city (especially District 7), and improve accessibility to make Austin more mobile.
Music + Culture
Austin’s a vibrant place thanks to artists and venues contributions to the iconic culture that draws so many to our city, making it a destination for other workers that also fuel our economic engine. But the industry has struggled over the last several years, and now COVID is destroying what makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World, creating doubt about the future. I’ll protect the cultural industry and the vital role it plays to our prosperity and cultural enrichment.