November 11th, 2014
2014 November Election Endorsements
This election the voters of Austin and Travis County with have an opportunity to elect the next generation of government officials to key positions that will impact our future and priorities. There are more than a few candidates to choose from that will make excellent leaders. With the growing challenges of keeping our community safe Emergency Medical Services will continue to play a major role in crucial matters of public safety and public health.
We want to continue to advance our practice to serve. In order to do so we need better accountability for all in top positions who are tasked to keep Austin safe. All City Council candidates have been included in our briefings and invited to attend our informational sessions and participate in interacting on our key issues. The response and participation has been overwhelming. All of the candidates almost without exception were incredibly gregarious and knowledgeable offering various feedback, solutions and support. When it came time to recommend endorsements we settled on the candidates that were exceptionally versed in our issues from their political and professional backgrounds as well as their ties to the communities in their districts and our partners in public safety.
The following candidates are endorsed by the Austin Travis County EMS Association Political Action Committee.
Austin City Council
Mayor: Mike Martinez
D1: Ora Houston
D2: Delia Garza
D3: Jose Valera
D4: Katrina Daniel
D5: Ann Kitchen
D6: Jimmy Flanagan
D8: Ed Scruggs
D10: Robert Thomas
Many of our medics have been tagged recently in the Cold Water Challenge. In this challenge, you have 24 hours to dive into cold water or be doused in cold water, and be videotaped while doing so. Additionally, you call out up to five other people to complete the challenge within the next 24 hours. You then donate $10 or $25 to a charity. If you do not video the challenge, or do not complete it, you donate $50 or $100 to the charity.
With recent events, people have wanted their charity of choice to be The Code Green Campaign because of the Campaign’s very mission towards mental health. The union has graciously allowed for anyone interested to wear their union shirt and express union affiliation prior to participation in the challenge itself. Code Green specifically requests that challenges be undertaken safely (no shallow water!) and not under the influence.
The Code Green Campaign (codegreencampaign.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the problem of mental illness in the public safety sector. The Campaign has organized a group of resources to help first responders of all kinds so that they never have to feel there is nowhere to turn. The Campaign also collects stories (anonymous, without tracking IP addresses or collecting cookies) of people’s own struggles with dark times in public safety in order to raise awareness of this issue with our industry and to open the door to talking about the problem. The Campaign’s Facebook page is a no stigma, ready resource for folks who need an ear and a safe place.
If you will be participating in the challenge, please share your video with The Code Green Campaign on Facebook. Open the video with your name and affiliation, and say you are participating in the cold water challenge for the Code Green Campaign. Don’t forget to call out others to participate if you want to.
On behalf of the rest of the Code Green Board of Directors, thank you to everyone wanting to do something good out of this tragedy. Please don’t forget that advocacy, regardless of for whom, is a daily challenge; we cannot forget to take care of our own.
ATCEMS Association Political Action Committee
Endorsements for March 2014 Joint Primary Election
Travis County Commissioners Court
• Andy Brown Judge http://voteandy.com/
• Precinct 2: Richard Jung http://jungforcommissioner.com/
• Precinct 4: Margaret Gomez http://reelectmargaretgomez.com/
Travis County Treasurer
• Ramey Ko http://www.rameyko.com/
• Wendy Davis http://www.wendydavistexas.com/
Travis County Court at Law #3
• John Lipscomb http://johnforjudge.com/
FOR: MEDICAID EXPANSION
The Governor and the Texas Legislature should accept federal funds; as provided in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010; for the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to millions of uninsured and underinsured Texans.
Travis County voting info links and sample ballot
ATCEMS PAC also endorses
Senator Kirk Watson Jan Soifer
Lloyd Doggett Velva L. Price
Donna Howard Todd Wong
Dawnna Dukes Karin Crump
Eddie Rodriguez Diane Henson
Elliott Naishtat Nancy Hohengarten
Celia Israel Randall Slagle