Media Advisory

Linda Curtis to file as an Independent for Texas House District 17


Linda for A Little Less Corruption Wants a Whole Lot Less*Media Advisory

WHAT: Longtime Texas independent, election reformer and water protection advocate, Linda Curtis, will file petitions to qualify for the November ballot to run as an independent for Texas House District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee, and Milam counties).

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2 pm

WHERE: Office of the Secretary of State of Texas, 1019 Brazos, Austin 78701

WHY: In a two-way race, the Republican nominee is guaranteed to win this seat. In a three-way race – with a strong independent with roots in HD-17 – it becomes a horse race. Though the odds are long for any independent to win a Texas House seat in 2022, Linda’s odds are better than Rich Strike, the 80-1 shot who won the 2022 Kentucky Derby.

Linda’s odds are enhanced by three decades of hard labor for election reform and water protection, and by a disgraceful Republican nominee who moved into the district just three years ago. Stan Gerdes, locally known as “Rick Perry’s poodle,” narrowly won the GOP primary runoff by selling his soul to the “Austin and DC Lobby.” Gerdes raised over $500,000 from 46 registered lobbyists, representing a who’s who of 449 different special interest groups and entities in energy, real estate, insurance, roads, construction, and alarmingly, the water lobby that has had HD-17’s groundwater in its target for over two decades.

As people flood into HD-17 seeking affordability, the water to serve them continues to be moved out to the IH-35 growth corridor, especially to San Antonio. San Antonio now has so much water SAWS made up a word for it – “waterful.”

In November, the three-way race will be decided without a runoff as Texas general elections require a plurality, not a majority. The Democratic nominee is Madeline Eden of Bastrop. Whoever receives the most votes wins.

Speaking at this event:

Linda Curtis, Candidate, founder of Independent Texans PAC

Mark Miller, Texans for Voter Choice and SAM Party State Executive Committee

Susan Cook, Independent Candidate for Hays County Commissioner, Precinct 4

Bill Rhodes, Lee County landowner

Kermit Heaton, Bastrop cattle rancher

* Linda coined the term “Austinites for a Little Less Corruption” for a ballot measure passed by 72% in Austin in 1997.

If you want to attend Linda's filing, reply to this message or call Charlotte Gilman or Linda Curtis at 512.657.2089.

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