March 03, 2008

Pondering Maxey

My political epiphany occurred during the South Carolina republican primary in 2000. The notion of being a life-long independent ended, and my conversion to full-fledged liberal began.

Like most major changes in one’s life, it took awhile to get my footing. My desire for activism simmered.

The presidential candidacy of Howard Dean gave me the impetus to become active. So with my evolving progressive beliefs and new found motivation, I set out to find someone who could nurture these beliefs and get me involved.

There were consultants, advisers, fundraisers, environmental icons, social justice advocates, and movers and shakers to consider. I was looking for someone who bled grassroots, someone who walked the walk, someone who fought for the poor, disenfranchised and those with little or no representation, someone passionate about the cause. My search pointed to Glen Maxey.

I read about his battles for ethics reform, environmental concerns, access to Medicaid, and many other causes. He was and is a champion of the disabled, elderly and children, which includes his hard work for the children’s insurance program. He built a reputation as someone who put other people’s needs before his own. Then there is his courageous personal story overcoming discrimination, and fighting for gay rights.

When I saw Dean at Plaza Saltillo in June of 2003, Glen was there leading the large gathering. The next day, I went to his office and told him I wanted to volunteer. In typical Glen fashion, he immediately put me to work. Of the many lessons learned from him, the most important ones were including all people in the process, and compassion for those less-fortunate. Also, I have come to learn from him that voter registration and GOTV are the most essential factors in changing a political landscape.

Because of his passion of giving a helping hand to those in need, and the ability to register the greatest number of voters, Glen is deeply qualified to be the next Travis County tax assessor-collector.

I’m proud to support Glen, and ask you to do the same.

Posted by Captain Kroc at March 3, 2008 08:02 AM

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