Austin mayoral candidate Carmen Llanes Pulido joins race

Carmen Llanes Pulido, who is currently serving as the executive director of Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA), made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday that she is competing for the position of mayor. According to what Llanes Pulido stated in the post, she is running for office in order to “bring humanity” to the governance of the city.

Fear and uncertainty have been pushed to the side, and I have seized hold of love and communal bravery. This is the city that brought me up, Austin, Texas, and I am running for mayor of that city,” the tweet stated. “My goal is to protect the interests of the general public, not my own personal interests. I am running for office in order to support those who speak up in favor of public service, to put an end to the practice of luring and switching taxpayers, and to infuse our municipal administration with a sense of compassion.

Over the course of his career, Llanes Pulido has served on a number of local bodies, including the Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. She stated in her announcement post that her campaign will be entirely “people-powered” and will not receive any funding from special interest PACs during its duration.

“For as long as I can remember, our city elections have been heavily swayed by the most moneyed interests, and the promises of upward-climbing party politics to the top,” she said. “My city elections have been heavily influenced by these interests.” “And yet, in the same city, people are so tenacious and caring and intelligent and full of passion that we find ingenious ways to beat the odds and do what is right,” the speaker said.

Kathie Tovo, a former member of the Austin City Council, has joined Llanes Pulido in the contest for mayor of Austin. Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor Kirk Watson has not yet given an announcement regarding whether or not he would compete for reelection.

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