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HI, MY NAME IS

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MORGAN WIT.

I'M RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN DISTRICT SEVEN BECAUSE AUSTIN IS HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

AND IF WE DON'T CHANGE COURSE NOW WE MAY NEVER RECOVER.

WE DESERVE A LEADER WHO'S IN TOUCH WITH THE DIVERSE RESIDENTS THAT THEY REPRESENT AND WHO CAN BRING FRESH IDEAS TO THE TABLE TO BUILD AN AUSTIN FOR ALL OF US.

SO I'M MORGAN WIT MAPLE AUSTIN .

I WAS BORN HERE AND GREW UP HERE.

I EVEN WENT TO SCHOOL HERE AND EARNED DEGREES IN EDUCATION, SPANISH, LINGUISTICS, AND PSYCHOLOGY, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I HAVE FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH MANY COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN AND BECAUSE OF IT, I BRING A WELL ROUNDED PERSPECTIVE TO THE TABLE.

AS A COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, I'VE WORKED CLOSELY WITH IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, LOW INCOME RESIDENTS AND FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES.

AS A TEACHER IN RENTER, I JUST STRUGGLED TO FIND AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE AND MORE SO IN FINDING SOMETHING CLOSE TO WORK AS A REGULAR ON THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE, I'VE WATCHED SOME OF MY FAVORITE VENUES CLOSE OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS AND HEARD THEIR URGENT CALLS FOR RELIEF.

GO UNANSWERED IN EVERY ONE OF THESE COMMUNITIES.

AND IN SPEAKING TO DISTRICT SEVEN RESIDENTS, I SEE IN HERE AT COMMON THEME, MANY ARE FACING CHALLENGES AND SIMPLY MAKING A LIVING ACCESSING RESOURCES, BUT I'M ABOVE ALL IN BEING SEEN OR HEARD BY THEIR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE.

ON TOP OF THAT, AUSTIN HAS BEEN RANKED THE MOST ECONOMICALLY SEGREGATED CITY AND THE LEAST LIVABLE SPACE FOR MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS.

AND COVID-19 WHILE DEVASTATING HAS ONLY SHOWN US HOW REACTIVE CITY LEADERSHIP IS IN RESPONDING TO THE PROBLEMS WE'RE FACING, WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING, ISN'T WORKING AND WE'RE APPROACHING THE POINT OF NO RETURN.

IF WE CONTINUE ON THIS PATH, A LOT OF AUSTINITES ARE GOING TO GET LEFT BEHIND, ESPECIALLY IN A DISTRICT AS DIVERSE AS SEVEN.

WE HAVE THE CHANCE RIGHT NOW TO DO THINGS RIGHT, AND DO THEM FOR ALL THE ELECTION IS ABOUT MAKING AUSTIN MORE LIVABLE, NOT JUST FOR US, BUT FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST FOR NOW, BUT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE NEED BOLD LEADERSHIP.

WHO'S CONNECTED TO THEIR RESIDENTS AND READY TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS, NOT A CHAMPION OF THE STATUS QUO.

WHO'S RESISTANT TO CHANGE.

I'M THE TRULY PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT WHO WILL WORK TO MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE AND DIVERSIFIED TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS.

I'LL TACKLE THE ISSUE OF POLICE REFORM SO THAT EVERY AUSTINITE CAN FEEL SAFE.

AND MOST OF ALL, I'LL FIGHT TO CREATE A SYSTEM WHOSE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ARE MORE TRANSPARENT, FAIR, AND ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE.

THAT'S HOW I'LL MAKE SURE EVERY AUSTINITE HAS THE CHANCE TO THRIVE.

NOW.

SEE, COULD I SEE A KEY KEY IN AUSTIN? COME ON.

INSTEAD OF ESPECIALLY ON BUT THEY ARE SAID, AND LESKO SAYS VN EAT POTATOES AND BUT I SAID I SEE.

AS

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THEY TAKE .

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.