Commission application number 80 submitted by Robert Lewallen on 06/09/2020

First Name Robert
Middle Name/Initial Hugh
Last Name Lewallen
Suffix IV
Voter Unique Identification number 1155566813
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level High School Diploma or GED
What is your occupation? Cinematographer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Megan
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial E
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Chang
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 am a citizen of Austin, Texas. I was born here, raised here, and have grown up here and watched the city grow from a moderately medium sized city to an overgrown and un-planned city. I have been fortunate enough to travel across the world and see how other cities and countries have tackled grown and expansion and have learned from the decisions they have made
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am neutral to the City of Austin's concepts of gentrification and expansions. I understand CapMetro needs to grow while the populace needs to be truly neutrally identified and segmented to allow populations to both be separate and flourish. I was fortunate to grow up in South Austin and watch the downtown corridor grow and expand, while also watching the east side flourish and over gentrify. As a member of the community I want to see these actions be controlled as impartial as possible for my community
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. The City of Austin has a diverse and powerful community and I've been fortunate enough for most of my life to be spent working with the pockets of power that help shape the direction that Austin chooses to grow. While no member can truly say they understand Austin, I've can say I've worked hard doing my best to give each area a voice to reach out with.
Please provide your employment history. My first job was worked as an Intern Downtown an up and coming production facility. I've worked my whole life in the Austin Film Community as both a worker and as a voice. I've worked with the up and coming members spreading their word and influence, and I've been fortunate enough to be blessed by the upstanding leaders of the community as a student and as a messenger to spread the influence and experience that I have been imbued with.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. My entire life I have strived to be an impartial and informed member of the community. Growing up in South Austin and moving to East Austin I have witnessed gentrification firsthand. I have seen both friends and family make the difficulty decision to make the move from their homes to areas further the the city center to to financial reasons I don't blame them. This city has a grow problem much like the rest of the nation, but I believe that this city can work to grow from these injustices. As a city we can adapt to the changing property taxes, we can adapt to the forces that move native residents from their homes. I think we as a city can use the information given to us to help guide the direction the city grows in and understand where we stand as a state.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Austintexas.gov
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Disclaimer Signature Robert H Lewallen IV
District District 3
Does this application qualify? Yes