Austin Entrepreneur Seeks City Council Seat

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Tina Cannon has thrown her hat into the ring for Place 5 on the Austin City Council amid a flurry of supporters at a kick-off party that was held on February 17th, 2012.

Tina Cannon has thrown her hat into the ring for Place 5 on the Austin City Council amid a flurry of supporters at a kick-off party that was held on February 17th, 2012.

“It is my goal to see Austin once again setting the standard for innovation, entrepreneurial strength and responsible growth, this is our Austin and together we can make it even better than before,” said Cannon.

Ms Cannon’s background in business and entrepreneurship, brings a common sense, balanced and not biased approach to city government. She believes there are workable paths to growing our city, adding valuable jobs without creating a hardship for taxpayers or the environment.

Her top three initiatives are expanding opportunities for economic development, moving the council to geographic representation and transparency in city government.
She will tirelessly advocate for fair citizen representation on council. She will work with the Mayor and other council members to move the city council to a single-member district format, giving Austin a city council that truly reflects its geographic diversity.

Ms. Cannon will vote to move the city council elections to the November ballot. Historically, less than 25,000 of the nearly 500,000 registered voters participate in the May elections. Meaning, approximately 5% of the registered voters are deciding which candidates govern our city and costing an additional $1 million dollars each election cycle.

Ms. Cannon will work to bring good quality jobs to Austin by attracting businesses to relocate or begin from scratch right here in Austin. She will offer net positive incentives for businesses that create jobs for Austin. She will expand the role the economic development office to not only attract new business to Austin but also add a small business accountability position to be a resource for those businesses currently struggling with the layers of city bureaucracy that stifles the growth of our independent operators that help make Austin weird and what it is today.
Ms. Cannon will advocate for increasing our public safety in the city adding more EMS, fire and police to the city budget.

Ms. Cannon stated, “ we will be on the ride side of history when it comes to strategic planning for our rising transportation needs. Expanding bus services, increasing use of hybrid and flex fuel autos.” She will make smart choices with expansion of light rail and encourage tactical planning for land usage that considers transportation before moving forward with development and will work to keep MOPAC moving without tolls.

“Austin should strive for energy efficiency through sustainable green growth, creating new green industries and jobs, “ Cannon said. She will work to increase the use of alternative energy resources such as wind and solar while opposing nuclear and coal.
“I want to let future generations of Austinites know that even thought here might be difficult decision to be made, that we made smart choices for Austin’s future,” said, Ms. Cannon

Her opponent has had an extensive background in and dedication to academia with no real life experience on the ground building and running. “It is one thing to be able to write policies from an office and another to actually live with them day to day in the real world.”

“I may be new to City Hall but I am not new to problem solving. I want to grow the economy, create jobs, plan for sensible growth, expand business, increase our commitment to public safety and address affordable housing solutions,” said Ms. Cannon, “this is everyone’s Austin and although we may disagree from time to time, we need to make balanced decisions and not biased decisions for our Austin. Help me take City Hall in a new direction.”

About Tina Cannon:
Ms. Cannon has called Austin home since the fall of 1993. She moved to Austin from Las Vegas, where she grew up. While in living in Las Vegas, Ms. Cannon attended the local EMS training program, received her certification as an EMT-I and worked for a time as an emergency medical technician.

Once in Austin, Ms. Cannon graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and went on to become a financial auditor and business consultant in the private sector.

Ms. Cannon is seasoned entrepreneur, having founded several start-ups based in Austin. She co-founded and sold Lavaca Street Deli. She was the CEO and co-founder of PetsMD.com, the leading online pet health resource (acquired by Pet360 in 2011). She was also co-Founder of Booqoos.com, LOCALoyalty.com and Book-a-Vet.com, an online, real-time veterinary appointment application awarded top new product by the American Veterinary Association.

Ms. Cannon currently serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Texas State University as well as COO of LOCALoyalty.com. She has been a featured presenter and panelist at various technology events and mentored numerous start-up businesses and has been a guest columnist for BNET.com (now cbsnews.com).

Ms. Cannon served as the Democratic Party precinct Co-Chair for precinct 349, and later as Chair of precinct 339 in Southwest Austin. She currently lives in East Austin.
http://www.TinaCannon.org

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