My love affair with Austin began in the 1970s when my parents took me and my two brothers from our hometown of Dallas to enjoy a long weekend seeing the State Capitol, UT, and the area’s beautiful lakes and hill country. When I was ready to go to college UT was the only school on my list. When it came time to begin my career, launch a business, buy a home, and start a family, Austin was always the only city on my list.

In the more than 20 years that I’ve lived here, I have loved Austin and have worked hard to actively participate. I have succeeded in business, government and as an executive in the nonprofit sector. I have experienced Austin as a student, as a government employee, and as an entrepreneur, in good times and in bad. Regardless of the circumstances, I have consistently supported causes and organizations throughout our community, dedicating whatever resources I could – sometimes as a grassroots volunteer and sometimes as a donor or board member. Other than during the four years that I attended UT, I have lived in the Clarksville neighborhood; however, I have worked and volunteered in all parts of our community.
 
I ran for Austin City Council in 2008 because I was concerned about the direction of our City and wanted to contribute to this community in a new way. I was a full-time mom at that time, and my partner Kayla and I realized more than ever how incredibly blessed we were to live in Austin.  Over the years I had watched a lot of Channel 6, read the local newspapers, and discussed and debated the issues of the day with friends and associates. No one issue was the “tipping point” for me, but I decided to really enter the fray – to get off the couch and quit being a frustrated spectator, because I wanted to make a positive difference at City Hall. 
I was honored to have been elected with 64% of the vote, and have been even more honored to serve these last couple of years.
 
Just 8 weeks after being sworn-in, I gave birth to our now 2 year-old daughter, Emme.  Since Emme was with me during much of my first campaign, my partner Kayla and I jokingly called her my "running mate."  We even gave her the middle name Austin once she was born because of that and our love of this city.  Ethan, now 4 years-old, and Emme keep me very busy, but  I have done my best to juggle it all and consistently offer my fellow citizens a sensible and accessible office at City Hall. 
 
I frequently tell folks that the job of a City Council Member is a lot more challenging than it looks on TV.  It may be impossible to agree on all issues or to see every challenge coming, but it is possible to have thoughtful debate and make decisions that are driven by fairness and common sense.  That's what I strive to do every day.
 
I am running for re-election to the Austin City Council because I care, and because I can (with your help) continue to work hard to make Austin the best place it can be. 
 

  • "Randi is visible, outspoken, and productive on issues that matter to me."
    - Evan Olsen
  • "She is, always and has been the most amazing, generous, kindest and deserving person I have ever been blessed to know. "
    - Linda Kutler
  • "Randi has been a constructive team member on Council."
    - Glenn Gadbois
  • "She loves and cares deeply for our great city, and she has proven she has the drive and smarts to find solutions to our problems."
    - Adam Goldman
  • "She continues to make a difference in Austin"
    - Suzanne Newberg
  • "I know Randi, her beliefs, and her temperament. We need leaders who are more like her, who are focused on results. She has proven she wants to move Austin forward."
    - Jennifer Goldman
  • "She is a great leader and has been an excellent council member."
    - John M. Joseph
  • "I believe she is the best person for the job."
    - Karen Garb Zimmermann
  • "She uses fairness and common sense as her guiding principles."
    - Douglas Plummer
  • "Randi is fair, brainy, credible, and effecctive."
    - Ted Whatley
  • "Austin is facing rapid growth. We need leaders like Randi who can grasp the big picture and act decisively for the good of the whole community. "
    - Forrest Preece
  • "She is a solid, steady voice on the issues facing Austin."
    - Elyse Yates
  • "Randi is the epitome of a true leader -- she makes a positive impact with measureable results!"
    - Beth Tracy
  • "Randi is honest, courageous, fun loving, tenacious, focused, and passionate about our great city!"
    - Clarke Hammond
  • "Since serving on the Austin City Council, Randi has proven to be a knowledgeable and visionary leader. She actively listens to individual, family and organizational concerns and is dedicated to improving the qualilty of life for those living in Austin."
    - Chip Howe
  • "She shows rational decision-making abilities and a sincere interest in Austin's citizens and responsible growth, overall."
    - Amelia Lopez
  • "Randi is smart, ethical and knows how to get things done!"
    - Selisse Berry
  • "She is one of the most thoughful Council members I have had the pleasure to work with."
    - Marshall Jones
  • "Randi has been very supportive to Austin Parks and Open Space initiatives. "
    - Dale Glover
  • "Randi is doing a great job!"
    - Hani Michel
  • "Randi bridges so many diverse Austin constituencies"
    - Eugene Sepulveda
  • "Randi's voting record and political career have proven her commitment to serving the best interests of Austin citizens and businesses."
    - Tim League
  • "She is most responsive to community needs."
    - Eliezer Langer
  • "She collaborates, listens, and thinks important issues through."
    - Diane Beckham
  • "Randi is an innovative, progressive leader who thinks straight and 'calls 'em as she sees them. She's visionary and pragmatic, great skills that we need!"
    - Sandy Dochen
  • "Randi is a great visionary, great people's advocate, and great for Austin!"
    - Gary & Shelley Solka
  • "Randi makes sound decisions."
    - Dave Sullivan
  • "Randi is both practical and visionary with the common-sense leadership we need"
    - Phillip Schmandt
  • "Randi has shown the willingness to take difficult stands when it was the right thing to do but perhaps not the popular thing to do."
    - Wes Peoples
  • "Randi is a committed leader with business sense and an Austin state of mind"
    - Bobbie Barker
  • "She's worked very hard to this point, and I know she'll continue helping the people of Austin."
    - Ben Googins
  • "I support her thoughtful approach to governing."
    - Pamela Corn
  • "She's a common-sense problem-solver, a consensus builder, and a principled decision-maker"
    - Mark Strama
  • "I trust her!"
    - Teresa Perez-Wiseley
  • "Randi is thoughtful, smart, sensible and willing tackle tough isues. "
    - Thomas Meredith
  • "Randi is a great businesswoman and great person, with true concern for the community."
    - Andy Greff
  • "Randi is the best person for the job with her thoughtful and analytical approach to each issue."
    - Trisa Thompson
  • "Randi is there when you need her and is always working to make Austin the best city in Texas. She leads by example and is fair-minded and thoughtful."
    - John Kerrigan
  • "Randi listens to all sides of an issue."
    - Alice Glasco
  • "She has served our community with dignity and heart."
    - Todd Kogut
  • "I like her gutsiness!"
    - Julia Harrod
  • "Randi exhibits excellent judgment on issues."
    - Richard Hatfield
  • "She's in touch, passionate, smart and knows how to make it work, all with a great sense of humor!"
    - Marion Cimbala
  • "She's awesome and will do her best to do the right thing!"
    - Aruni Gunasegaram
  • "Randi understands Austin and its needs as a growing city!"
    - Mario Espinoza
  • "Randi is doing a great job! She's an important voice to have on the Council at this critical time for our city."
    - Alison Unger
  • "I'm supporting Randi because of her integrity, leadership, commitment and positive attitude."
    - Christopher Bjornson
  • "Randi listens to all points of view, posesses a good analysis of data, and has our city's best interest in mind."
    - Greg Bourgeois
  • "She gets things done for the good of the community."
    - Adi Wilk
  • "Randi is good for Austin!"
    - Deb Bauer
  • "One of the most caring and intelligent public officials I know."
    - Steve Taylor
  • "Randi genuinely cares about the health of Austin and responsible growth of our beloved city. They don't come any better than Randi. "
    - Brandon Chicotsky
  • "Randi is a straight-thinking consensus-builder that is gridlock's worst enemy."
    - Mark Aitala
  • "She's got such a great grasp on the issues, knows how to get things done and is straightforward, has a lot of integrity and takes a stand for what she believes in, not what is not necessarily politically correct."
    - M P Mueller
  • "She's smart, she's fair, she's just darn good!"
    - Mary Arnett
  • "She has done an outstanding job as a council member. She truly cares about the community. Randi brings a great perspective to the council."
    - Ken Saunders
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