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Chavez announces run against Spelman for Place 5 Council seat
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Austin Monitor
Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, announced Tuesday that he plans to run against incumbent Place 5 Council Member Bill Spelman in this May’s election.
Chavez, a Republican activist and
Chavez and Strayhorn also teamed up with road warrior Jim Skaggs and developer Ed Wendler Jr. to oppose the 2010 transportation bonds. Wendler is now Chavez’ campaign treasurer.
Last year, Chavez joined former Texas Monthly publisher Mike Levy and Democratic political consultant Alfred Stanley to sue the City of
“Like so many people in
Chavez has worked as a public affairs professional for more than a decade in the private and public sector, including a stint with the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA). His areas of expertise include transportation, education, and economic development.
He is a veteran, having served stateside for Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11 as well as in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in
Chavez also says he has served as president of the Castlewood-Oak Valley Neighborhood Association in far South Austin.
Spelman, who is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is an expert on community policing and other matters related to criminal justice. He served one term on the Council from 1997-2000 and decided to run again in 2009, when he ran unopposed. The other announced candidate in the race is Tina Cannon.
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