Linda is a leading spokesperson, analyst and tactician for the Texas independent political movement. She has a long history in independent politics. She is proud to have played a part in gaining ballot access in 1988 for independent Lenora Fulani, the first woman and African American to get on the ballot for President in all 50 states. In the 90’s she served as the state organizer for the Reform Party of Texas, founded by Ross Perot.
Following the demise of the Reform Party in 2001, Linda helped found the Independent Texans PAC. The PAC got its big break in 2005-6, when Carole Keeton Strayhorn, the Republican Texas Comptroller left the Texas GOP to run as an independent for Governor against Republican Governor Rick Perry. Linda wrote about is in "Divided We Stood." Perry squeaked by with 39% of the vote. Both independents for Governor, Carole and Kinky Friedman, split the indy vote but together came in second with 1.3 million votes!
In 2013, Linda helped found a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c4 membership association for independent voters – the League of Independent Voters of Texas (LIV).
In the City of Austin, Linda has played a leading role in citizen municipal petitions for campaign finance reform dubbed Austinites for A Little Less Corruption. The measure passed in 1997 with 72% of the vote. In 2008, a narrowly failed challenge to Austin subsidies of a luxury shopping mall -- The Domain -- let to a successful effort in 2012 to pass a citizens measure for geographic representation aka single-member districts, and the first (still only) independent citizens redistricting commission to draw the district lines.
Linda has created a project of the League of Independent Voters (LIV) called Homegrown Petitions, to teach citizens how to petition for a vote of the citizens in any of Texas’ 350+ home rule cities.
Linda is a leader in the central Texas battle to avert the “Californiafication of Texas Water Policy” — mass conveyance of groundwater for real estate development in areas with inadequate local supply. You can learn all about it at LIV’s water page The Big Squeeze.
Marie has served as the state treasurer for Independent Texans since 2006. She is a retired 42+ year employee of one of the largest oil companies in the world. She is a first generation Texan and 3rd generation oil and gas industry worker.
Marie has been chair of Lavaca County Taxpayers, Inc. Her passion is to restore our state and country to a constitutionally limited government and to the republic for which it was founded.
Marie owns and runs a small ranch in Lavaca County and believes strongly in private property rights, the elimination of eminent domain abuse (eminent domain for private gain), and removing civil forfeiture.
Marie is known for never backing away from a debate, and though she stakes her ground, she also knows how to listen.
Marie is a mother of 2 sons and 4 granddaughters. She loves traveling around to historic places in Texas and across the country and is a member of the Member of Lavaca County Historical Commission (for identification purposes only).