About

“I got into politics because I wanted to fight for progressive values and city policies that benefit all of us, not just a few who want to use the city for their own profit.”
- Kathie Tovo, Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member District 9

KATHIE TOVO is a strong, effective progressive voice on the Austin City Council. Her progressive values, extensive experience, in-depth knowledge of city issues, and strong work ethic has made her an effective and respected leader both in and out of City Hall.

She is committed to honest, transparent, and community-driven government – and has stood up against the radical conservative agenda on issues like climate change, immigration, women’s health, gun control, and many other issues that affect Austin residents.

Even before Austin voters elected her to City Council, Kathie had a long career as a volunteer community activist and advocate, from being the president of her local neighborhood association, to serving on many different boards and task forces at the city and school district – including the Planning Commission and the Austin Independent School District’s Community Committee on Neighborhoods and Schools – as well as leading a successful grassroots effort to stop the school district from closing multiple schools.

Eventually, Kathie’s community called on her to run for City Council to stand up for progressive policies and take on entrenched interests. And during her time on Council, she has done exactly that, working on efforts that have moved us forward on affordability, renewable energy, worker protections, civil rights, women’s health, immigrant rights, transportation, water conservation, gun control, and services for residents experiencing homelessness – among many other initiatives.

Today, Kathie is running for re-election on her record of progressive achievements and years of service. With Donald Trump in the White House, Ted Cruz in the Senate, and Greg Abbott in the Governor’s Mansion, we need strong, progressive leaders at City Hall who have the experience needed to fight back and move us forward – leaders like Kathie Tovo.