Linda Curtis Biography
Linda Curtis is a leading spokesperson, analyst and tactician for the Texas independent political movement. She has a long history in independent politics. She is proud to have played a part in gaining ballot access in 1988 for independent Lenora Fulani, the first woman and African-American to get on the ballot for President in all 50 states. In the 90’s she served as the state organizer for the Reform Party of Texas, founded by Ross Perot. Following the demise of the Reform Party in 2001, Linda helped found the Independent Texans PAC.
In the City of Austin, Linda has played a leading role in citizen municipal petitions for campaign finance reform (“Austinites for A Little Less Corruption”) handily passed in 1997, a narrowly-failed challenge in 2008 to city of Austin subsidies of a luxury shopping mall (The Domain), and in 2012, passage of geographic representation (aka single-member districts), and the first (still only) independent citizens redistricting commission to draw up district lines. She is a leader in the battle in central Texas to avert the “Californification of Texas Water Policy” — mass conveyance of groundwater for real estate development.
Linda says, about all her efforts, “They are a life’s work still in progress, built on plenty of failure with a few good licks along the way.”
From Linda’s independent populist perspective, Texas independents despite their huge numbers have so far missed the boat. They missed it in the 2006 Governor’s race when Rick Perry got re-elected with only 39% of the vote facing not one, but two, major independent challengers – Carole Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman. In an in-depth analysis of the race, “Divided We Stood”, Linda pointed out that despite the loss important gains were made.
In 2010, Curtis wrote in “Who Will Organize the Independents” that “what remained after the 2006 election were some important localized organizing experiments.” Those efforts led to the initiation in 2013 of a new organization for independent voters: non-profit, non-partisan 501c4 League of Independent Voters of Texas (LIV).
LIV’s mission is what Curtis believes has been missing all along the independent road – an organization for, by and of independent voters dedicated to their own education, organization and mobilization.
Since LIV’s inception, Linda has served as its volunteer Coordinator. She regularly speaks on these topics:
- Why the development, education and mobilization of non-aligned voters (a plurality of American voters) is key to establishing electoral competition and saving our democratic republic.
- How voters can work together to defeat special-interest dominance in both parties for issues uniting most Texans across all divides.
- Why the future of the country rests on the development of an independent political movement — inside and outside both parties, not within any party.
- How the King and Queen lobbies in Texas — big oil and big real estate — are uniting Texans across urban and rural political divides by threatening their quality of life, as well as, ironically, foreshadowing their own demise by destroying the foundations of wealth — land and water.
Marie Day Biography
Marie Day has served as the state treasurer for Independent Texans since 2006. She is a retired 42+ year employee of one of the largest oil companies in the world. She is a first generation Texan and 3rd generation oil and gas industry worker.
Marie has been chair of Lavaca County Taxpayers, Inc. Her passion is to restore our state and country to a constitutionally limited government and to the republic for which it was founded.
Marie owns and runs a small ranch in Lavaca County and believes strongly in private property rights, the elimination of eminent domain abuse (eminent domain for private gain), and removing civil forfeiture. See more here. Marie is known for never backing away from a debate, and though she stakes her ground, she also knows how to listen.
Marie is a mother of 2 sons and 4 granddaughters. She loves traveling around to historic places in Texas and across the country and is a member of the Member of Lavaca County Historical Commission (for identification purposes only).
What is Independent Texans?
Independent Texans is a general purpose political action committee on file with the Texas Ethics Commission since 2001.
Independent Texans is a rarely used PAC due to the current status of anti-competitive election laws in Texas.
In 2019, a major federal lawsuit was filed challenging the ballot access laws that continue to prop up a two-party duopoly — see here. The Texans for Voter Choice Act legislation has failed twice (in 2017 and 2019) to make it out of the Elections Committee in the Texas House, but the 2021 session could be the third-time charm.
Marie, a conservative populist and Linda, a progressive populist are both strongly opinionated women. They came together, and still work together, focusing especially on protection of water and land resources and curbing the prioritization of those resources for unfettered municipal in-migration population growth and eminent domain abuse.
The policies underlying these concerns can be found in the “Beefs” section at the League of Independent Voters of Texas.
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