Austin Chronicle Endorsement

The Austin Chronicle endorses Leslie Pool

“Experience is the deciding factor. Incumbent Leslie Pool has worked on city boards and commissions since the Eighties. … [Leslie is] the clear choice for the job.”

2016 Council Candidate Statements – Leslie Pool

Community Impact: See how two North Austin neighborhoods are using city grants for park upgrades, beautification projects

Two North Austin neighborhood groups received city grants in early 2016 for improving Balcones District Park and painting murals along several bridges in Quail Creek.

The city of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program, which provided the two grants, launched in 2014 to provide residents an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the city on projects in the city’s right of way.

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Clean Water Action says Leslie Pool is an environmental champion

“Leslie has devoted many years to community service and as a council member never fails to seek input from the environmental community. As chair of the council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee, she has fought to protect and expand parkland. She played a major role in Austin’s decision to invest in West Texas solar farms and expand water conservation programs.”

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Leslie Pool endorsed by TODO Austin

TODO Austin is proud to issue a strong and enthusiastic endorsement of Pool’s reelection bid to continue her service to District 7 on the Austin City Council. Read More >>

City commissions move closer to gender balance

Jack Craver digs into the gender balance of Council appointments to the City’s boards & commissions. These positions are a key element of how the city connects and communicates with residents on just about every policy area the City touches.


“Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is the clear leader …. Council members Leslie Pool and Delia Garza have also made majority-female appointments – 55 percent and 53 percent of their commission seats, respectively, are female.

“Pool said that she “absolutely” considered gender, race and ethnicity when making her commission appointments. Finding qualified women for positions traditionally dominated by men was not difficult, she said.”


Austin Monitor – September 12, 2016

Council Member Pool Announces Re-election Campaign with Strong Support

Today, Council Member Leslie Pool officially announced her campaign for re-election to the Austin City Council. Pool was one of five Council Members to draw a two-year term when the new 10-1 Council was sworn in on January 6, 2015.

“It has been such a privilege and honor to serve the constituents of District 7,” Council Member Pool said. “From crafting strong environmental protections and fighting to keep Austin affordable, to improving our parks, pools, and libraries, I am proud of the work we have done in the last year and a half. And we have so much more to do. We need to keep pushing to make sure Austin remains affordable, to make sure our environment and neighborhoods are preserved, and to provide quality services everywhere throughout the city.”

Pool chairs the Council Committee on Open Space, Environment and Sustainability, and protecting our environment and neighborhoods has been one of her top priorities. Council Member Pool led the Council’s adoption of the Austin Community Climate Plan, which establishes 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 to ensure Austin’s future as a sustainable city.

Affordability has been another top priority for Council Member Pool. While on the dais, Council Member Pool voted to cut the city property tax rate and to establish the first-ever City of Austin homestead exemption. She voted to increase the property tax exemption on homesteads from $70,000 to $80,000 for seniors and people with disabilities.

Council Member Pool’s decision to run for re-election has already generated enthusiasm from a broad spectrum of community leaders. For example, supporter Mary Arnold, long considered a leading Austin environmental and neighborhood activist, said “Leslie Pool has been a leader in protecting our environment. She knows the threats to our neighborhoods and urban green spaces, and fights to protect our quality of life.”

Gina Hinojosa, who worked with Council Member Pool while president of the AISD School Board, said, “Leslie Pool has been a strong progressive voice on City Council. She has been a champion for our children, families, for affordability, and for our most vulnerable communities. As I go to the Legislature, Leslie Pool is the kind of partner I need on the City Council to help fight for our progressive values.”

Andrew Romero Chairman of the Austin Police Association PAC said, “Council Member Pool has stood tall for public safety and the rights of workers. For those reasons the Austin Police Association PAC is proud to support her reelection.”

Bill Oakey of said, “Affordability has always been and will always be one of Leslie Pool’s top priorities. We need to re-elect Leslie Pool to ensure that Austin meets the affordability challenges.”

Linda Young, immediate past president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, said, “Leslie has been a strong advocate for women’s rights. She has been fighting to strengthen employee protections and equity in the workplace. And although the vote was largely symbolic, Leslie joined the majority of the city council in voting to support Planned Parenthood.”

Francoise Luca, immediate past president of the Gracywoods Neighborhood Association said, “Leslie Pool has supported our neighborhood in our work to bring needed improvements to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and sensitive habitats in North Austin.”

“We are thrilled with the response Leslie has received. With very limited effort, Leslie has been able to raise over $10,000 her first week. We didn’t even have a fundraiser,” said campaign advisor Matt Hersh. “She is being supported by environmentalists, public safety, neighborhood leaders, affordability advocates, and elected officials with whom she has worked. People who backed her opponents last time are giving her hugs and joining on as supporters.”

“Volunteers have already started contacting me … my veteran campaign team is back, and we’re ready to go,” Council Member Pool said. “District 7 is a terrific community. I could not be more honored to represent this area of Austin. I will be working as hard on the campaign trail as I do on the dais. There’s much work yet to accomplish and I hope to continue to serve District 7 and the City of Austin.”

Current list of Leslie Pool’s supporters for her re-election.

  • Austin Police Association PAC
  • Austin Firefighters Association
  • Austin-Travis County EMS Association
  • Hon. Donna Howard
  • Hon. Elliott Naishtat
  • Hon. Eddie Rodriguez
  • Hon. Celia Israel
  • Hon. Gina Hinojosa
  • Hon. Sherri Greenberg & Cary Ferchill
  • Hon. Brigid Shea & John Umphress
  • Hon. Laura & Phil Morrison
  • Hon. Frank Cooksey & Lynn Cooksey
  • Shudde Fath
  • Mary Arnold
  • Bill Oakey,
  • Carol Fritz
  • Kata Carbone & David Orshalik
  • Craig Nazor
  • Dawn & Fred Lewis
  • Barbara Rush
  • Amy Smith
  • Beatriz Dulzaidez
  • Sara Speights
  • Ann Denkler
  • Mary Jane & Kevin Wier
  • Don Leighton-Burwell
  • Melissa & Dave Considine
  • Joe & Janis Pinnelli
  • Dale Gray
  • Chris & Gina Allen
  • Kernan Hornburg
  • Francoise Luca
  • Rhonda & David Grover
  • Bill Glass
  • Joep Meijer
  • Dana Sprute & Michael Osborne
  • Mia Lawrence
  • Frank Ortega
  • Linda Burgess
  • Daisy Garcia
  • Elaine Kant & Bruce Mansbridge
  • Katy & Jim Duncan
  • Nick Chu
  • Jeff Smith
  • Teresa Perez-Wiseley
  • Cynthia Miller & Dean Rindy

  • Donna Beth McCormick
  • Jolene Kiolbassa & Dan Heinzen
  • Sarah Goodfriend & Suzanne Bryant
  • Mary Ann Neely & Craig Smith
  • Linda Young
  • Ted Siff
  • Jack Kirfman
  • Carol Guthrie
  • Krissy O’Brien
  • Andrew Dobbs & Amy Martin
  • Susan Rieff
  • Sheridan & Perry Lorenz
  • Kaiba White & Phil Martin
  • Syd & Lary Teague
  • Evan Taniguchi
  • Garry Brown
  • Ruby Roa
  • Preston Tyree
  • Matt Hersh
  • Tina Morton
  • Mykle Tomlinson
  • Jennifer Walker
  • Beki & Richard Halpin
  • Melissa & David Considine
  • Annie Boggs
  • Michael Gaudini
  • Louisa Brinsmade
  • Jolene Kiolbassa & Dan Heinzen
  • David Butts
  • Linda Guerrero
  • Susan & Steve Dial
  • Elliot Johnson & Lisa Chronister
  • Matt Baker
  • Sue Berkel
  • Betty Dickson
  • Ed Wallace
  • Lulu Flores
  • Sarah Fusco & Bill Bunch
  • Leigh & Mike Lavigne
  • Chip Rosenthal
  • Corky Hilliard
  • Karen Hadden & Tom “Smitty” Smith
  • Ed Wendler, Jr.
  • Gayle & Robin Stallings
  • Giselle & Chad Williams
  • Becky Beaver & John Duncan
  • … and growing