Why a strong-mayor system may not be the progressive reform that Austin needs.
I’ll keep this post short. Very short. I’m all for moving the mayoral election, ranked-choice voting and democracy dollars. It’s the strong-mayor system that I have a problem with.
I believe that the only way for Austin City Council to change how local government works and become stronger is to build trust with the voters that they are elected to represent.
What I don’t believe is that we turn mayors into tin-pot dictators i.e. mini Trumps. You build trust by making local governments more responsive, transparent, accountable, equitable and inclusive.