Happy Valentines day to you and yours! I wanted to take a few minutes to share the Brigid I know with you.
Brigid and I first met a quarter century ago, both of us involved in environmental activism. In the years since, we have lived through many changes - Brigid serving on the City Council, raising two boys, seeing Austin grow at an ever faster pace, and now a candidate for the Travis County Commissioners Court.
One thing that has NOT changed is Brigid's commitment to her community and her passion for public service. Since I first met her, she has never hesitated to step forward to right a wrong or give a voice to those that have none. Public service may seem old-fashioned to some, but right now it is needed more than ever.
Many people are familiar only with Brigid's work in preserving Austin's water quality. But that is only a part of who she is. Brigid also . . .
- Is an award-winning radio journalist
- Worked in the nuclear freeze movement
- Traveled to the former Yugoslavia on a fact-finding mission for Amnesty International
- Sponsored health coverage for domestic partners of city employees, paving the way for Travis County to do the same
- Began the removal of the Holly power plant from an East Austin neighborhood
- Helped start Austin on the path to aggressive water conservation
But social activism is only one facet of Brigid. As a council member she made a priority that taxpayers receive the most services for tax dollars spent. After leaving the council she continued that work on the Austin Clean Water Project, a massive overhaul of the city's wastewater system that was finished ahead of schedule and under budget.
As the spouse of a candidate and elected official, I will be the first to admit that public service is not easy - there have been stumbles and setbacks along the way. But touching the lives of others makes it all worthwhile, and I am fortunate to have shared in Brigid's life work.
When we discussed the prospect of her running for Precinct 2, I had only one request - that if elected she try to make a lasting, positive difference in the lives of Travis County residents. Based on her past record, I have no doubt that she will succeed.
So to Brigid: Happy Valentine and much love from someone that both loves you, and loves what you do!
And to you: have a wonderful Valentines day with those who matter most to you!