Statements from the Texas: 2012 Austin City Council's race

Says since 2000, Austin’s "tax burden" rose more than 40 percent while family income rose more than 20 percent.

Says challenger Dominic Chavez is a "Rick Perry Republican" lobbyist.

Says no Austin City Council "member lives south of" Lady Bird Lake "or north of 45th Street."

"Over the history of Austin, it’s always gotten more expensive."

Says he banned texting while driving in Austin.

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