“Serving on the Austin City Council is one of the greatest honors of my life.”

— Leslie Pool

North Walnut Creek Trail Ribbon Cutting

May 21, 2016 – Opening of the 3.2 mile extension of the North Walnut Creek Trail, part of Walnut Creek District Park in District 7.


ISSUES AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

Leslie sponsored and passed the Austin Community Climate Plan, which sets a local goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She also helped lead the push for Austin Energy to increase its investment in solar power. She voted to increase the property tax exemption on homesteads for seniors and people with disabilities from $70K to $80k. She led on increasing the city budget to ensure library hours returned to their pre-Recession levels, and increased budgets for parks and pools. She supported living wages for City contract employees, and co-sponsored the successful Fair Chance Hiring initiative and the Residents Advocacy Project which provides education and legal support for tenants in “substandard and dangerous” apartment complexes. She sponsored the Healthy Corner Store pilot project that ensured healthy fresh food would be in the front areas of convenience stores rather than candy bars and sodas, and she passed the campaign finance reform/electronic filing initiative to increase public access to campaign finance reports.

BIO:

Leslie has devoted much of her life to community service. Before serving on the City Council, she served on numerous city boards and commissions related to downtown, the arts, telecommunications, and water/wastewater. She served on the Downtown Development Advisory Group, Travis County Citizens Bond Advisory Committees, and on the 2012 City of Austin Citizens Bond Advisory Task Force. Leslie was on the Executive Committee of Liveable City and helped convene the Bull Creek Road Coalition. Leslie and Will Grover live in Rosedale. Leslie’s daughter, Emily, currently lives and works in New York, although Leslie dedicates a great deal of time to getting Emily to come home to Austin to visit.

  • Leslie began serving on the Council in January, 2015.

  • Chair, Committee on Open Space, Environment and Sustainability

  • Vice-Chair, Austin Energy Oversight Committee

  • Co-Chair, Balcones Canyonlands Coordinating Committee

  • Trustee, City of Austin Employees Retirement System

  • Member, Anti-Defamation League Hate Crime Task Force


GOALS:

  • Represent the people of Austin, not special interests.

  • Keep Austin affordable for all our families.

  • Protect neighborhoods and keep them safe and family friendly.

  • Support local small businesses.

  • Preserve Austin’s unique environment, character, and quality of life.