Commission application number 221 submitted by Christopher Dancy on 07/19/2020

First Name Christopher
Middle Name/Initial Blair
Last Name Dancy
Voter Unique Identification number 1140922155
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued English
What is your occupation? lawyer
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 Allison
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Dancy
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. I'm a practicing lawyer. My field is insurance coverage, predominately liability insurance, which involves analyzing policies that are frequently hundreds of pages long, reviewing legal suits with complex facts and multiple parties, and advising my clients on how to navigate the complexities of one or multiple litigation proceedings to resolve the underlying wrongful death, serious injury, product problem, or construction defect dispute.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. My work requires that I advice parties concerning underlying disputes, which requires that I remain impartial to the dispute itself. As a lawyer, I must counsel my clients concerning the pros and cons of their positions. I routinely and consistently embrace impartiality.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I was a member of Leadership Austin's 2014 class. I served ten years on the board of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, providing legal and accounting assistance and education to lawyers from around the state (and all walks of life within Austin). I served on the board of the Austin Bar Association for four years (again engaging multiple demographics and geography within the bar). I came to Austin in 1987 for undergraduate studies and have explored most of the city. I have provided pro bono services to clients from around the city.
Please provide your employment history. I began work as a lawyer upon graduating law school in 1997: Four years at a predecessor firm to Locke Lord; 4 years with a litigation boutique Hull Henricks & MacRae; 12 years with a firm that became Buchanan Dancy & Grabouski; 3 years now with Cain & Skarnulis. My work has varied over the years but includes work before the Railroad Commission and various other state agencies, work for the Texas Tollroad Authority (prior to 2002), suits involving municipalities, and work that involves the Texas Department of Insurance on various levels. I'm familiar with government workings.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I'm passionate about fair elections and responsive government, regardless of which political party happens to be in control. I think the non-partisan districting of the City is the most important aspect of having representative government. For this to work, the process starts with this commission. I appreciate your consideration.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Television, Billboard, From family or friend
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District District 7
Does this application qualify? Yes