Commission application number 33 submitted by Matthew Chovanec on 06/06/2020

First Name Matthew
Last Name Chovanec
Suffix Dr.
Voter Unique Identification number 1211378082
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Middle Eastern Studies
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78705
What is your occupation? Freelance Translator and Arabic instructor
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78705
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Nora
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Chovanec
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
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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 have a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and have taught numerous undergraduate courses in local and city politics and rhetoric. My academic strengths are in critical analysis, written argumentation, and archival research.
Disclaimer Agreement Checked
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I understand that for a subject such as redistricting, the concept of impartiality is not a simple empirical question, but one which is entangled with all kinds of moral, political, and methodological implications. Nevertheless, I believe firmly that a shared ethical framework used by members of the commission can assure a just and fair process.
Disclaimer Signature Matthew Chovanec
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I love the City of Austin for its great cultural diversity, and am so grateful to benefit from the different things everyone in the community has to contribute. I know that Austin has a deeply ingrained history of racial and socioeconomic inequality built into the very fabric of the city, and I would be proud to contribute to writing those wrongs through a just and equitable redistricting.
Please provide your employment history. I am multilingual, including Arabic and Spanish, and have spent several years as a canvasser and volunteer here in Austin. I follow Austin politics and civic issues very closely and have strong copywriting and editing skills.
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes