It’s that time of year again. Election season is upon us and here at the Austin EcoNetwork, we want to make sure that you are informed about the candidates and issues at the local level. The presidential election is of course, important. But too often, we only pay attention to what’s going on with national politics, at the expense of local government.
That’s kind of crazy considering the large impact that local government has on our everyday lives. City Council affects the quality of our parks, the price of our property taxes, the health of our environment, and the severity of our traffic. While the president and Congress can enact big policies that eventually impact some of these things, they rarely have as direct an impact on the parks we visit everyday or the roads we always drive on.
But, local elections can sometimes be hard to follow along with. They often don’t get enough news coverage, and the attention they do get is usually pretty boring.
Here at the Austin EcoNetwork, we’re trying to change that by taking our Civics 101 series to the next level – local elections.
Let’s start with the basics.