There is a world of difference between making promises to voters ...
... And actually keeping those promises.
The experience of my first elected term on the Austin City Council has confirmed the values I was raised with as well as the lessons learned during my career.
After keeping my original campaign promises -- and battling bitter opposition to fulfill each of them -- I have felt the heat of political pressure and endured slander and biased media coverage.
But I stand on the shoulders of great men and women who came before me who prepared me for this moment to be able to withstand the day-to-day pressure that often compromises even the most well-meaning of elected officials.
To understand why I am so passionate about liberty, fair representation, and affordability in the City of Austin, you'll have to know my background. Read my biographical statement below if you'd like to know more.
In the meantime, thank YOU for voting in this historic election, and I hope to meet you soon and hear your story.
I am available to the constituents of District 6 via my personal cell phone (512-577-8842), or email via this website.
The spirit of the Texas Revolution is in my blood. You see, I'm a 5th generation Texan -- born and raised in San Antonio, "the Alamo City," and cradle of Texas liberty.
My great-great-great maternal grandfather was land grant pioneer and Texas Ranger Capt. John Grumbles. He was killed in San Saba in the line of duty, and has a memorial at the Texas State Cemetery (see photo at top right).
My mother was the daughter of two life-long high school teachers, and a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in music education.
My father was the youngest son of Presbytarian missionaries and rural mountain farmers, and graduated from North Carolina State. After college, Dad served his country as an Air Force pilot during the Korean War era.
Jennifer Winter Zimmerman, my wife, holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in education and has worked over a decade as a high school Spanish teacher; she has also been working part time for Alaska Airlines.
I have one remarkable teenage daughter, Marina Lorna Zimmerman.
At the tender age of four, my parents started me on a path to defending the Constitutional rule of law and grassroots electoral campaigning, with the Barry Goldwater campaign (1964).
I graduated from a southeast San Antonio urban high school and continued my education at Texas A&M, earning a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering.
In the 1970s, I discovered the principled Congressman from Texas, Dr. Ron Paul, and have been inspired by him ever since to engage the political system with courage and integrity.
My decades long career in computer systems engineering began in Flint, Michigan in 1986, working aside UAW skilled trades union workers (as a non-union engineer) in the common pursuit of building Buicks.
I have since worked in robotic discrete parts manufacturing controls, petroleum and chemical processing plant controls (mostly in Houston), and managing high tech computer and software companies in Austin.
I have lived and worked briefly overseas, with my longest tenure in Kiev, Ukraine, where I lived and worked for 10 months using only mass transit, without driving or owning a car. I am also an avid pilot, who loves aviation and flying.
I have lived in the same District 6 residence in Canyon Creek since relocating to Austin in 2000, and have been an outspoken public campaigner against excessive taxation ever since. My election as President of the NorthWest Austin Municipal Utility District #1 (Canyon Creek MUD) in 2002 came with specific promises to end the illegally combined MUD and Austin property taxes, and move our MUD election poling place from a private garage to the public school (where all other elections were).
As MUD President, I spearheaded a successful illegal taxation lawsuit against the City of Austin, which was won at the Texas Supreme Court in 2009; this led to the 2010 dissolution of the Canyon Creek MUD and, an $18 million direct savings to local property taxpayers!
When attempting to move the MUD polling place to the school, I was told it was not possible without permission for the United States Department of Justice; that ridiculous demand prompted a legal challenge of Section 5 "Pre-clearance" of the Voting Rights Act. Our MUD won that on an 8-1 vote at the US Supreme Court, and more than just helping the MUD has helped reduce unethical federal power in racial gerrymandering.
I have voted in every election since gaining voter registration in Austin, and have a near perfect voting record since casting my first ballot for Ronald Reagan in 1980. My civic duties include: local Travis Republican Party Precinct Chair, an election judge for many years, and I have attended every state Texas GOP Convention since 1996.
I was also the Senate District 14 SREC Committeeman from 2010 – 2012, and was a National Delegate from Congressional District 10 to the RNC Convention in Tampa in 2012.
I have diligently worked to get voters engaged on various levels of government.
In the summer of 2012, I founded the Travis County Taxpayers Union, and served as Treasurer of its PAC in numerous highly public campaigns against property tax increases. TCTU was partly responsible for defeating two of the four Austin ISD Bonds in May 2013, potentially saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in wasteful spending.
Over the last decade, I have consistently, and very publicly, defended taxpayers against special interests, who have an insatiable appetite for taxpayer dollars.
Although I'm a Republican and a conservative, overtaxation and affordability are NOT partisan issues! I have earned the title of the "Taxpayer Friendly" candidate for a good reason, and I ask for your vote for District 6!
District 6 is the most fiscally conservative voter base in Austin. It is imperative that a proven fiscal conservative be elected to the one District that should be a reliable vote and uncompromising voice for fiscal conservatism.