Bio

I have tried to avoid adding a bio page, not because I don’t want people to know who I am, but because I don’t want this campaign to be about me. Rather I want it to be about us, we the people, joining together to correct the problems that our plutocratic system has created. However, since this is yet a republican system, and even if I am able to help the people of the district institute a more democratic process, there would still be a single person listed as the “representative” for the district. If that is to be me, then of course, you deserve to know who I am.

My father was a native of Port Lavaca, Texas, and my mother was from Wilcox, Arizona. When they married in 1964, my dad was attending the University of Houston, so that is where they settled. Two years later, I was born October 1, 1966. Two more years later my sister was born. When I was eight, we moved to Humble, where I lived until after I graduated high school. There I was president of my Junior class, and of the German Club in my senior year. I played soccer for three years, and graduated in the top 10% of my class. Like my father, I attended the University of Houston, where I received a B.A. in Philosophy. Shortly after graduation, I moved back to Humble and served as a substitute teacher, then moved back to Houston and did the same in Houston I.S.D. for two years. After a brief foray into the restaurant industry, I found a job at The Art Institute of Houston, where I worked for almost nine years. During that time I met my wife and began my family. I now have a daughter and two stepdaughters, one who lives with us, and one who is away at Sam Houston State University. I took a break from education by spending a year working at an animal sanctuary in Seguin, then found a position at Texas State University, where I am still employed now.

Politically, I was not particularly active before 9/11/01. I had been a concerned voter who tried to remain informed for several years before that, but until I saw the wrong-headed, but quite predictable, reaction of the Bush administration to the attacks of that day, and the eery way that our media suddenly turned into a stone wall that no truth could pierce, I did not see much reason to get involved beyond that. Immediately after that tragic event, I saw that rather than seeking the deeper truths behind it, our media became a propaganda tool for the Bush administration, and helped beat the drums for war in Afghanistan, and later in Iraq, rather than asking any of the tougher questions that needed to be asked. So I had to seek those answers myself. Due to that search, my interest and involvement grew. I attended the Green Party’s state convention in 2002 as a delegate from Montgomery County. I then moved back into Houston and continued to be active with the Green Party there, attending the 2003 convention as a delegate representing Harris County. I also became active in the Harris County Greeen Party’s public access TV show, Greenwatch, and in the Houston chapter of Food Not Bombs. During my time at the animal sanctuary, there was no Green Party in Guadalupe County, but I began to form some ideas about how we could and should move toward more democracy. I began building my first blog. As soon as I moved to Austin, I sought out the Travis County Greens and jumped in with both feet.

Soon after, along with fellow Travis County Greens Doug Reber and Tom Davis, I got involved in a committee to plan a local forum to discuss the potential impeachment of Bush and/or Cheney. After the forum, I started an online Discussion Group to keep Austin’s impeachment movement connected. As a resident of District 25, and since our district was the only one in the Austin area whose representative was not a Republican, we decided to try to get our current representative to support the impeachment effort.
We tried to arrange a meeting with our group, Code Pink, World Can’t Wait, Texans For Peace and the Travis County Greens, among others. Congress was in recess for August specifically so that they could work in their districts, so it seemed that certainly we could get him to meet with us if we agreed to all meet him in one session, to minimize the drain on his schedule. However, he refused to meet with us. After several letters and a personal visit to his office all received nothing more than form letters that didn’t really address our points, some of the members urged me to run against him. Since the need to address his unresponsiveness seemed to coincide with the ideas about greater democracy that I had been working on, I accepted the challenge.

Scott and daughter, Madison

Scott with his daughter, Madison, at the Travis County Green Party’s 2008 Consolidated Precinct Convention

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