“ YOU HAD THE POWER ALL ALONG” - Glinda the Good Witch, Wizard of Oz

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Seven months ago, I stood before a gathering of friends, neighbors and strangers and asked for their support to become Austin's first City Council member for District #1.

Together, we  worked hard to achieve that goal! Look at what WE  accomplished!

December 16th was the second historic and beautiful night in the neighborhood!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who participated in the process. I know you love this district, this city, and the people who call it home as much as I do.

I am honored and humbled by the confidence you have placed in me. District #1 is home to a 'blended family' composed of a mosaic of cultures, income levels, beliefs, ethnicities, ideas, educational achievements, languages and interests.

Now our task is to identify our shared goals and affirm our uniqueness while moving Austin forward in the most inclusive way possible. I know we can do it.

I want to acknowledge and thank the eight candidates who also offered themselves to serve the public. I know they sacrificed much of their personal and professional lives to run for City Council to make sure people had options.  They are talented people who care deeply for this city. I look forward to working with them as we begin this new journey.

We must work together. Changes are necessary, they are possible and yet, I can not do it alone, I still need your help.

I challenge individuals, organizations, advocacy and trade groups to look for intentional opportunities to work with 'others' whose position might be different. We have lived in silos for long time; it’s time to dismantle them and work as allies. We must identify core values for the city and work together for solutions.

To my parents, O.H. Elliott and Thelma Elliott, whose call to activism and service to this community runs through my veins, I am eternally grateful. To the staunch supporters and pioneers who laid the foundation for this election and who are now part of that great cloud of witnesses, your efforts and spirit will follow me as I take on the challenges of this new role.

I am so very grateful for the hard work, perseverance, and commitment of the members of Team Ora and countless volunteers and shareholders – THANK YOU!

Soon, my second home will be at 301 West Second Street, City Hall – the hall of the citizens – come visit sometimes. Even so, y'all know where I live. The house my parents built in 1954. You know my phone number, if you leave a message and a phone number...I will return your call.

I will not forget who I am; what our common goals are; the hopes and desires we have for our City; and how important it is to listen to the people.

I dare not step into this awesome new adventure without you.  If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please send me your contact information.

There will be a steep learning curve before the 'official swearing in' on January 6th. With your help, I am ready.  WE are ready!  Our work begins NOW! On January 10, 2015, at Noon, everyone is invited to attend the 'District swearing in' at St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, 78721.

Have a Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Holiday Season that is filled with joy, good health, safe travel and peace,

Ora