In this Battleground 2020 podcast, former Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman and Senior Editor Drew White discuss Zimmerman’s experience on the city council, his plans if elected to represent Texas House District 47, and who he would cast as “Captain Texan.”
“There’s been a debate about [how] there’s too many candidates in HD 47 [and that] we need to narrow the field. No we don’t,” said Zimmerman in response to the way some have reacted to the number of Republicans seeking to take the district back from Democrat Vikki Goodwin. “I’d like to see the field broaden…. We could have a dozen candidates talking about what a terrible record the incumbent has and why she should be replaced.”
Turning to his reflections on the 86th legislative session, Zimmerman noted, “My biggest disappointment in the session was not getting the ban on taxpayer funded lobbyists.”
Senate Bill 29, which aimed to curtail the expenditure of tax dollars on lobbying activities, was gutted on the House floor and then voted down 58-85. The failure of this legislation came in spite of polling indicating that over 90 percent of Texans oppose taxpayer funded lobbyists.
Watch the full interview below:
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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.