Mayes Middleton thinks Austin knows what's good for you better than you do. Ride-hailing company Uber recently agreed to pay almost $250 million dollars to settle lawsuits against the company for various illegal acts, but at a recent neighborhood association meeting, Middleton supported Uber's business practices, citing "free enterprise."
At that same meeting, Middleton supported the state government's decision to override a Texas city's local vote in which citizens, reacting to Uber's strong-arm tactics and misleading advertising, had banned the company from operating in their city. My takeaway from the meeting is that Middleton, a bank owner who has lent his own campaign $500,000, supports a "cashocracy," in which power arises from money, rather than from the people.
In his world, money controls state government, which then overrides local control in order to support causes backed by money, and local opinion has no power and therefore can safely be ignored.
Let's show Middleton that our votes have power.