Linda Curtis asks to run as an independent for HD-17
In one of the hottest contests for Texas House, a longtime champion of independent politics, Linda Curtis, enters the race for Texas House District 17 (counties of Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee and Milam). From 1996 to 2000, Curtis was the Texas organizer of the Reform Party, founded by Ross Perot. After the Reform Party died out, Linda co-founded Independent Texans PAC. In 2013, Linda co-founded the nonprofit League of Independent Voters of Texas, a voter association for independent voters in Texas – the voters who vote for the person.
Linda said: “Independents wanted Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape or Tom Glass to win the Republican primary, not Rick Perry’s poodle Stan Gerdes. Every lobbyist this side of the Pecos and the Speaker of the House charged Gerdes with at least $500,000 to lie and cheat to beat Pape and win the Republican runoff by 325. Could they be after the goose, the water table beneath us in HD-17? »
Curtis is well known in HD-17, having fought for years to secure the public-private partnership agreement between the water utility, San Antonio Water System (SAWS), and Vista Ridge, LLC, the private partners of the “San Antone Hose,” “fully transparent and accountable.”
Eight years later, Curtis said the war for water has only intensified, with hundreds of landowner wells drying up in water-rich communities in Lee, Burleson and Milam counties since Vista. Ridge began pumping in 2020. In the early years of pumping enough water to serve more than 160,000 homes each year, two local groundwater districts have already spent at least $400,000 repairing or re-drilling domestic and domestic wells damaged. Meanwhile, San Antonio ratepayers are being showered with 58% rate hikes, with SAWS claiming to have made San Antonio “full of water,” to avoid admitting the city is buying far more water than it does. doesn’t need it.
From 2003 to 2007, Curtis was deeply involved in the end of Rick Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor and his plans for the largest seizure of eminent domain land in Texas history. In 2006, Independent Texans supported Carole Keeton Strayhorn when she left the GOP to run as an independent for governor against Perry. Perry was lucky with two independents in the race (including comedian and author Kinky Friedman) and won re-election with just 39%.
Linda is quick to point out, “Rick Perry’s hugely unpopular $200 billion Trans-Texas Corridor was defeated in 2007, because Carole’s independent candidacy boosted our efforts to defeat it. with statewide advertisements on the mess. If I’m lucky, my campaign will force a real look under the hood of Vista Ridge, and put Rick Perry’s poodle, Stan Gerdes, in the niche where he belongs.”
For the past ten years, Linda has helped lead efforts in central Texas to avoid the “Californiafication of Texas Water Policy”, i.e. massive groundwater routing for real estate development in areas where local supply is insufficient.
Curtis warns: “If the aquifers are damaged, it’s the end of growth in central Texas, because of the carelessness of the the Central Texas Growth Machine.
Curtis must collect at least 500 signatures from registered voters who did not vote in this year’s primaries in March or May. If Linda runs for the November ballot, she will compete in a three-way race in Texas House District 17 with Republican nominee Stan Gerdes and Democratic nominee Madeline Eden.
Petitions are due June 23.
A letter to state officials urges the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House to “make growth pay for itself, not our water.” Linda asks voters, regardless of political affiliation, to sign it online or call 512.697.8809 to sign it over the phone.
Linda’s full biography is available on IndyTexans.org in the About section. She can be reached by calling 512.697.8809 or by email at: [email protected].