Texas independent candidate, Linda Curtis, came in with 4% of the vote in a three-way race for House District 17 in November 2022. Rick Perry's longtime employee, Stan Gerdes, prevailed with 64% of the vote and Democrat Madi Eden garnered 32%. House District 17 is Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee and Milam counties.
Linda issued this statement:
"I deeply appreciate the 2388 folks who voted for me, especially knowing that I was a longshot. I hope my campaign's strengths and weaknesses can be used to move the independent voting ball forward in future elections. I have no doubts about who the winner will be serving, but whether this is something that HD17 voters want to do something about remains to be seen. Regardless, I invite you to join me in the development of the non-profit, non-partisan League of Independent Voters (LIVTX.org) and Independent Texans PAC (IndyTexans.org). Thank you all!"
See HD17 results here:
Linda is leaving the site up not only for posterity but in hopes that someone else will choose to run as an independent for this seat in 2024.
THE FOLLOWING TEXT BELOW IS FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE:
"Both parties insist on making Central Texas one big real estate play, using our tax dollars, water, and land to subsidize unbridled growth. Our choices are this simple. Let the Big Growth, Big Problems two-party political machines ruin our lives OR join the independent electoral revolt." Linda Curtis, independent for Texas House District 17.
Linda wants to:
Make growth pay for itself and harness property appraisals gone wild.
Keep our water local -- audit and cut back Vista Ridge, the San Antone Hose.
End giveaways to corporate interests as they destroy our land and water future.
Secure an independent review of how growth challenges our electric grid.
Open up Texas elections to electoral competition -- to more than two choices!
Visit her Solutions Page for details
on each bullet point above.
Remember Rich Strike, the 80-1 shot that just won the Kentucky Derby? Linda's odds are better, with 43% of Americans identifying as independents.
In November, whoever gets the most votes wins. That means with as little as 34% of the vote, Linda can win HD17, leaving her Republican and Democratic opponents in the dust.
Linda wrote this about her Republican opponent,
Linda Curtis riding "Whistle" owned by Bill and Jean Rhodes, Lexington, Texas. See more videos on her Solutions pages.
Former Governor Rick Perry loaded up his longtime employee, Stan Gerdes, with $600,000 from DC and Austin lobbyists to buy Stan the Republican nomination for HD17. Don't let them get away with it. Share this, donate & volunteer!
Let's send the water hustlers packin'!
<== House District 17:
Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell,
Lee, and Milam counties