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George Hindman

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George Hindman
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Former candidate for
Austin City Council, District 1
PartyNonpartisan
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Personal
Place of birthGermantown, Pennsylvania
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Campaign website
George Hindman was a 2014 candidate for District 1 of the Austin, Texas City Council. Previously, he was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 17th Congressional District of Texas.

Biography

Hindman earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He went on to receive his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in a variety of positions and is the owner of a high tech research and development business.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

On his campaign website, Hindman highlighted the following issues:[2]

Affordable housing

  • Excerpt: "With the cost of living continuing to increase, Austinites need assistance on multiple fronts. In addition to reductions in property taxes and relief from higher utility rates, a sustainable housing stock is necessary for all residents. George's specific proposals to help families include:
    • A 10% Homestead exemption for all - an across the board exemption will provide tax relief to every home owner in Austin.
    • An additional 10% exemption for first time home buyers - young couples trying to settle and start families need help to establish themselves in communities.
    • A Long Term Homeowner Tax Ceiling - residents that have been living in their homes for 25 years should have a freeze on their future tax levels.
    • End utility revenue diversions to the City's general fund - the affected millions should be used for lower consumer rates or infrastructure investments.
    • Land development code rewrite - a proper balance must be struck between affordability and regulations as well as addressing mobility issues."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "We all experience the frustrations of Austin's current traffic problems. Because of the huge capital expenditures required to improve congestion, it is important to properly analyze and develop solutions that make economic sense. The current Project Connect proposal requires hundreds of millions of dollars to produce limited off-loading of our current road system. Furthermore, there is a lack of consensus in the Austin community concerning the selected corridor. George believes that near term capital investments should be made in the road system with considerations given to:
    • Optimizing signal synchronization - to increase and improve traffic flow.
    • Improvements to expand east-west corridors - to assist in the reduction of multiple surface street traffic bottlenecks.
    • Thinking in three dimensions - examine and commission studies on elevated decks to improve vehicle throughput.
    • Promote flexible employee schedules - in order to reduce peak demand on roadways.
    • Explore creative innovations from the private sector - such as ride share concepts and peer-to-peer services."

Water

  • Excerpt: "One of the biggest challenges facing Austin is our future water supply. Current resources are at 30% - 40 % of capacity and water demand is expected to drastically increase in the coming decades. Every year we lose over 3 billion gallons of water alone to broken pipes and an aging infrastructure. Specific solutions include:
    • Direct water utility expenditures and future bond focus to fixing pipes - the most effective method of conservation is to prevent infrastructure losses.
    • Support better rainwater collection - resources and new technologies can improve rainwater conservation efforts.
    • Implement various gray water options - for reuse in irrigation and cooling systems."

Elections

2014

See also: Austin, Texas municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Austin held elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The candidate filing deadline was August 18, 2014. Because of redistricting and term limits, there was no incumbent for District 1.[3] The candidates were Andrew Bucknall, Michael D. Cargill, George Hindman, Ora Houston, Christopher J. Hutchins, Norman A. Jacobson, DeWayne Lofton, Valerie M. Menard and Samuel A. Osemene.[4] Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters - Houston and Lofton - faced each other in a runoff election on December 16, 2014.[5] Houston was the winner.[6]

Austin City Council, District 1, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngOra Houston 49.1% 6,429
Green check mark transparent.pngDeWayne Lofton 14.4% 1,887
Andrew Bucknall 6.2% 811
Michael D. Cargill 5.4% 711
George W. Hindman 7.1% 928
Christopher J. Hutchins 3.2% 421
Norman A. Jacobson 1.2% 153
Valerie M. Menard 9.3% 1,221
Samuel A. Osemene 4% 529
Total Votes 13,090
Source: Travis County Clerk - 2014 Official Election Results

2012

See also: Texas' 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hindman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 17th District. He was defeated by incumbent Bill Flores in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.[7][8]

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