Commission application number 319 submitted by Rachael Sunstrum on 09/03/2020

First Name Rachael
Middle Name/Initial Nicole
Last Name Sunstrum
Voter Unique Identification number 1131352475
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Government
What is your occupation? Policy Advisor
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Nicholas
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Michael
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Poole
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 work for the Texas Senate analyzing legislation and it’s possible impacts, taking information like geography and demographics into consideration.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. In my work positions I have worked for members of both parties and committees-which serve and answer to members of both parties. In my long term effort to remain impartial, I have never worked for or volunteered for a candidate or party.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I would actually counter that being raised in Houston, I don’t find Austin to be very diverse. I have lived here for 18 years and have seen improvement but this is why I want to be part of efforts to build a more reflective Austin. As for the geography, I am reminded daily of how lucky we are to have the hills, water, and parks we have so readily available. I never miss one of my daily Town Lake walks.
Please provide your employment history. Texas Senate: Senior Policy Advisor Chief Clerk Policy Advisor Texas House of Representatives: Chief Clerk Assistant Clerk Legislative Aide
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I have spent my entire professional career in public service. I spend my free time volunteering, currently as a mentor to UT students who would like to become involved with government. Participating in government is not a responsibility I take lightly and am committed to continue.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Rachael Nicole Sunstrum
District District 4
Does this application qualify? Yes