Commission application number 65 submitted by Stephen Fogel on 06/08/2020

First Name Stephen
Middle Name/Initial Edward
Last Name Fogel
Voter Unique Identification number 1140605043
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 65+
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued M.A in Economics; J.D.
What is your occupation? Retired attorney. My practie areas were administrative law and public utility law.
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78759
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78759
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? No
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 have taken courses and read books and articles on statistical sampling and on the the interpretation and application of statistical data. In my career as an attorney involved in contested case hearings, I routinely had to analyze testimony that used statistical analysis, and I also had to interpret reports that discussed the results of statistical analyses.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I realize the members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission must be objective when performing their duties. I do not know any elected City official and am not active in local politics. I am indifferent to how the council district boundaries will affect any particular person's election prospects. My goal will be to draw districts that, to the extent possible, enable all the different types of neighborhoods in Austin to have representation on the Council and that reflect Austin's socioeconomic diversity. In addition, I will follow the applicable laws and court cases that govern the composition of election districts.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I have lived in Austin for 29 years and am aware of the practices that marginalized much of East Side of Austin, and the reasons persons advocated for the 10 + 1 system instead of the at-large system Austin used to use for electing council members. I am also aware that the recent growth in Austin's economy (at least until the pandemic) has had uneven effects on the different geographic areas and demographic groups within Austin.
Please provide your employment history. Before I retired, I was an attorney who handled contested case hearings (trials before regulatory agencies) in several states. I have worked for State agencies, been in private practice, and have been an in-house counsel. As described earlier, I am comfortable with interpreting and applying statistical data.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I am an average citizen who is aware of local issues. I am interested in having a Redistricting Commission that uses the demographic and economic data and follows the law to draw districts that reflect the intent behind the 10 + 1 plan.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Stephen Edward Fogel
District District 10
Does this application qualify? Yes