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Pool announces fundraising, list of supporters
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Jo Clifton
District 7 City Council Member Leslie Pool officially kicked off her campaign Monday with an announcement of support from a strong list of traditional liberals as well as labor and environmental representatives. According to a press release from Pool’s campaign consultant, Matt Hersh, Pool raised about $13,000 in the week since she officially started running for re-election. The money was raised, Hersh noted, without a fundraiser. Among Pool’s notable supporters are Austin environmentalists Mary Arnold, Bill Bunch, Sarah Fusco, Tom “Smitty” Smith, Karen Hadden, Shudde Fath, Jennifer Walker, Mary Ann Neely and Craig Smith. Public officials throwing their support behind Pool include state Reps. Donna Howard, Elliott Naishtat, Eddie Rodriguez and Celia Israel along with Gina Hinojosa, former president of the AISD school board and state representative-elect. The campaign announced that Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, as well as former Mayor Frank Cooksey and former Council Member Laura Morrison, are supporting the incumbent. Pool also has the backing of three important labor groups: the Austin Police Association PAC, the Austin Firefighters Association and the Austin-Travis County EMS Association. She can also expect an endorsement from AFSCME when the time comes considering she already has the support of several union representatives, including Jack Kirfman, Carol Guthrie and Krissy O’Brien. So far, no other candidates have declared for District 7. Pool was one of five Council members who drew two-year terms but is running for a full four-year term in November.
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