Commission application number 331 submitted by Keith McCormic on 09/14/2020

First Name Keith
Middle Name/Initial C.
Last Name McCormic
Voter Unique Identification number 1204370008
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 45-54
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Anthropology
What is your occupation? Game Designer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78753
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78753
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Kara
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial W
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name McCormic
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 game designer, so analyzing the balance and fairness of statistical systems is important. I also have experience in public policy (ending in 2013), including promoting equity in educational policy and anti-gerrymandering advocacy.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am not motivated by a desire to help a particular constituency achieve political dominance. I want our council maps to be fair and representative of the city's diverse population.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Looking at the current maps, it appears that communities of color, in particular those east of I-35 were "cracked" to reduce their political influence. This is unfair- doubly so, as these communities are already politically disadvantaged by historical discrimination and poverty. If Austin is to continue to be a hub of innovation and inspiration, these communities are vitally important to our city's cosmopolitan ability to synthesize new ideas. Our next district map needs to reflect that importance and bring all voices to the table.
Please provide your employment history. Since 2015, my primary occupation has been game design and I worked as a freelance designer for years before that. I also worked in real estate wholesaling from 2013 to 2015, meaning that I've spent a lot of time learning to appreciate the character of various neighborhoods and to understand gentrification from the business side. In addition, I have more than a decade of experience in information technology and education, having served as a teacher, IT director, school board vice chair, and school construction committee chair in Massachusetts prior to 2013.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. In 2008, I ran against the Senate Chair of the Massachusetts Joint Redistricting Committee primarily on the grounds that the state's district maps were partisan gerrymandered. Though I lost that election, I continued to advocate for more fair districting throughout the next redistricting session.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Mail, From family or friend
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Disclaimer Signature Keith Christian McCormic
District District 7
Does this application qualify? Yes