> Fill the Public Safety Gap: I will propose a budget that fully funds our county law enforcement and I support increasing funding for our Travis County Sheriff’s Office to patrol within the City of Austin. Austin was wrong to defund its police. But under my leadership, Travis County can and will fill in the gap to provide public safety to all Travis County residents. I will direct resources to the Sheriff’s Office to enforce trespassing and environmental laws to curb the problem of homelessness. The City Council’s actions regarding homeless camping have helped no one, including the homeless. The County can partially fill the gap created by the City and route the homeless to where they can be protected and receive essential services.
> Get Smart On COVID-19: Travis County must be data driven and transparent in terms of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future emergency orders will have clearly defined and measurable goals and objectives.
> Improve Public Health Care Services: We will use innovative and market-based solutions to rein in costs and enhance the availability and quality of health care services for those who rely on the county for their day-to-day medical needs. Specifically, Travis County will expand use of telemedicine as a powerful tool to deliver high quality basic healthcare at a significant savings. I propose to create a pilot program whereby Travis County would contract with direct primary care providers (DPC) to provide indigent health care services.
> Cut traffic: I will oppose wasteful spending on subway tunnels and light rail while encouraging tele-work for county employees. I strongly oppose Project Connect, which is an Industrial Revolution solution to an Information Age problem. We are on the verge of monumental changes in and related to transportation. Driverless cars and ridesharing services will revolutionize traffic in ways we can only imagine. Telecommuting will become increasingly common, reducing congestion. I will support building new roadways and adding additional lanes to reduce the hours we spend idling in traffic, while seeking the advice of transportation technology experts so that our new infrastructure can accommodate new technologies.