“To save what we love about Austin today, we must work to make it even better tomorrow." — Leslie Pool

A Leader for Change:

  • Acted on Global Warming — Leslie sponsored the Austin Climate Protection Plan, our local Green New Deal, setting goals of zero emissions and more solar power.
  • Championed Women’s Rights — Led on providing access to women’s reproductive services and helped pass worker protections against sexual harassment.
  • Stood for Social Justice and Police Reform — Leslie led on restructuring public safety, such as providing more social service providers for mental health, addiction and homelessness emergency calls, and improving internal police culture.
  • Pushed for more city investment in the Northwest District Park, including $9 million in pool renovations, while prioritizing funding for Safe Routes to School sidewalks for area elementary schools.
  • Fought to Protect Environment — Leslie led Austin’s lawsuit against the Permian Highway Pipeline that had polluted Hill Country Aquifiers.
  • Led Effort to Preserve Austin’s Quality of Life — Leslie has been a strong voice for libraries, parks, open space, neighborhoods and better transit alternatives.
  • Led on strengthening Austin’s No-Kill animal policy and was awarded the Austin Pets Alive! Lifesaving Award.
  • Worked for Strong Community COVID-19 Response — Leslie passed the Austin Community Resilience Plan with help for the vulnerable and economically disadvantaged…supporting millions in CARES funding for emergency assistance to renters and small businesses.

Elected in 2014, Council Member Pool's expansive legislative record focuses on the environment and sustainability, transportation, open government accountability and transparency, as well as ethics, campaign finance, and lobbyist reform and reporting requirements.

Leslie has led on the city’s multiple strategies on climate protection, including action calling for a Community Climate Resilience Plan, and, more recently, broadening the city’s resilience efforts to focus on economic, social and racial disparities.

Leslie is a diligent advocate for increased investments in civic assets like community parks, swimming pools, libraries, trails, and open space. In 2015, Leslie traveled to Paris to represent Austin at the historic United Nations Climate Conference (COP21). The objective of the Paris Summit was to achieve a binding, universal agreement on climate. An additional outcome was renewed focus on cities as natural leaders in attaining net zero emission and environmental sustainability goals.

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