Bastop Needs to Get this Election Right

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

As we see it, this election is about how the city of Bastrop is going to handle growth from the folks fleeing Austin’s affordability crisis. We don’t have to repeat Austin’s mistakes. Bastrop — the city and county — are also far more vulnerable to an affordability crisis, which is why it’s so important that everyone plays fair and by the same set of rules.

We thank the four candidates running in two contested Bastrop city council seat elections for their participation in our candidate forum on Monday night.

They are Place 1 candidates, Bill Peterson and Herb Goldsmith and Place 5 candidates, Kelly Gilleland and Deborah Jones.

Early voting is underway and continues through next Tuesday, May 3rd, Election Day is Saturday, May 7th.

To watch the forum click on the video window above, then scroll down to the second forum — April 25th.

Here’s a short article in the Statesman about the Place 5 race (Gilleland v. Jones).

Here’s a short articles in the Statesman about the Place 1 race (Goldsmith v. Peterson).

Please share this with your Bastrop voting friends by forwarding this message or through our Facebook page here.

We at Independent Texans are not endorsing in this race as we think the process for this election — so far — has been open and fair.

Moreover, we think you can figure this one out for yourselves, but DO watch the tape and talk to your neighbors.

Gracias, y’all.

PS We wish to sincerely thank the City of Bastrop for allowing us to use City Hall and their streaming facilities (BTXN.TV) for this event.


Water Wars Escalate – come on out!

This video is of yours truly speaking to the Texas Water Development Board last week urging them

Do not use public dollars to drain and abuse us.

Do not use public dollars to drain and abuse us.

not to use state water funds (SWIFT) to abuse — and drain — their fellow Texans.

The good news is that today Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) continues to teeter on collapse.

But don’t y’all rest easy – Vista Ridge is still alive, and bigger equally absurd, water/money heists are a’ flyin’!

This hit the news big yesterday. Anyone want to buy land used for strip mining? It’s all about Simsboro water and $$$, y’all.

Do yourself and us a favor — come to one of these events starting tomorrow
or help set one up like it where you are.

Tomorrow! Friday, April 22, City of Cadlwell Civic Center, 6:30 pm, “The Risks of the California Water Model to Texas” sponsored by the League of Independent Voters. More here.

Monday, April 25, Bastrop City Council debate at City Hall, sponsored by Independent Texans PAC — all four candidates have confirmed! More here.

Tuesday, April 26, 5:30 Liberty County Meet & Greet sponsored by  Arlan FosterIndependent Texans, and founding a local independent organization! Remember our dear independent friend in Dayton, Arlan Foster? This is all his fault :) More here.

No time to waste crying over spilt water…yet, anyway. Our scrappy independent populist movement might just get lucky and have the last laugh.


Liberty County Independents Forming

Arlan FosterThe letter below is from our longtime dear friend, Arlan Foster, of Liberty County. You remember Arlan — he helped us fight Trans-Texas Corridor, ran for Texas House in 2008 and is a leader in corrections reform. Arlan’s lovely wife, Carolyn, passed on last year and is missed by Arlan and all.

Dear Friends:

I am part of a group that is forming a non-partisan, independent organization  — Liberty County Independents.

We are holding our very first event — a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Dayton Community Center at 801 S. Cleveland Street in Dayton.

Independents are voters who vote for the person or the issue, not the party, and we want more competition and choices in our elections. Because we have open primaries in Texas, we are learning to use our votes in contested primaries to move an agenda that unites us, rather than divides us.

We are not trying to start a new party, just a bunch of folks looking for the best person for the job.

We have invited both candidates who are in a runoff to represent us in the Texas House — Ernest Bailes and Keith Strahan. We have also sent them a questionnaire for them to fill out by April 22 addressing protection of land and water resources, privatizing prisons and retirement systems and election reform. We have also invited other local candidates involved in the runoff and any person up for election in 2016 present at our meeting will be recognized and afforded an opportunity to speak.

For more information, please visit the news section of Independent Texans at or call us at 512-535-0989. Or, just show up on the 26th and bring a neighbor!

Arlan Foster


April 25 — Our first Candidate Forum in the City of Bastrop

We invite your attendance at our first candidate forum held in the City of Bastrop. However, if you cannot be present (especially to ask your questions), you can watch online at BTXN.TV.Endorsed Non-partisan Independent Texans seal

Whether you are a city resident or not, if you live in Bastrop County, what the city of Bastrop decides impacts on all residents. This is especially true at a time when we are experiencing increased growth from residents fleeing Austin’s affordability crisis.

Independent Texans Bastrop City Council Candidate Forum
Monday, April 25th at 6:30 pm
Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut
(bring a Bastrop City Voter with you, if ya can!)

There are two contested seats for Bastrop City Council. Place 1 is between Bill Peterson and Herb Goldsmith. Place 5 is between Kelly Gilleland and Deborah Jones. If you know the candidates, you might let them know you will be attending. All four have agreed to attend.

You may already know that city council elections in Texas are non-partisan races — just up our ally at Independent Texans.

We hope to see you on the 25th. Early voting begins on that very day — April 25th. Election Day is May 7th.

Call us at 512-535-0989 or email us at for more information.

PS This event will be streamed online for those who cannot be present.

PPS See the share buttons on this page? Use ’em, por favor!


ABC — A Better Council in Bastrop

A group of interested & engaged citizens have joined to form an informal group in Bastrop. What the city of Bastrop decides affects many of us who live just in the County, so Bastrop countians, please come on out to this on Wednesday.

ABC – A Better Council

We have invited Bastrop City Council Candidate

Kelly Gilleland

City Council Candidate, Place 5

To join us in an informal gathering for informal conversation

On the Patio at Baxter’s on Main

919 Main Street

Wednesday, April 6

5:30 – 7:30 pm


Stop Vista Ridge!

Texas Water Wars Conference