Commission application number 213 submitted by Gordon Smith on 07/15/2020

First Name Gordon
Middle Name/Initial Howe
Last Name Smith
Voter Unique Identification number 1149583146
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 55-64
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Electrical Engineering
What is your occupation? Applications Engineer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78731
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78731
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Sharla
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial V
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Smith
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. As an engineer, I have great experience with data analysis and problem-solving. I enjoy the process of finding creative solutions to problems, and finding important information in data.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am politically independent; the dominant parties, I find, are only interested in owning problems, not fixing them. I think voting districts should be geographical, not political.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I am a native New Englander, and although our summers are a little tough, I thank God I am a born-again Texan and Austinite. Being on the edge of the Balcones Escarpment gives us a diverse geography, and the history has provided us a rich diversity of peoples, which adds to the attraction.
Please provide your employment history. I have worked my entire career in the semiconductor manufacturing world, either working for a supplier or a manufacturer. I understand the importance of listening, and asking questions, so as to provide the best experience for customers, both internal and external.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I have long wanted to contribute to the City of Austin, and thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to make Austin a that much better place to live.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Billboard, Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Gordon Howe Smith
District District 10
Does this application qualify? Yes