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AUSTIN EDITION - AUSTIN MAYOR - CANDIDATE PROFILE - Bankes relies on her life, work experiences

Address: 1705 22nd St. S.W.

Contact information: 433-2620.

Family: Married to Jack Bankes; mother of five children and two stepchildren, all adults, and grandmother of 12.

Education: High school diploma plus two years of post-secondary education.

Work: Employed as an office specialist for Intrepid Home Health Care in Austin. Has worked with the elderly and vulnerable in facilities including Burr Oak Manor, the Cedars of Austin and Kingsley House.

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Community activities: Active member of the Community Readiness Support Group.

Government history: Serving in the community in an elected post has been a goal of mine for many years.

Top three issues:

1. Establish, maintain and preserve a strong public safety program.

2. Bridge the gap between city and county government agencies.

3. Create an open line of communication to educate, inform and respond to the citizens of Austin. Another goal would be to develop affordable housing.

Statement:

"I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Austin who have helped make this community our home."

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From staff reports

Elizabeth Ann Bankes moved to Austin 15 years ago from the Twin Cities to provide her children with a safe home and community.

As a working mother, "I strove to help my children become moral, responsible adults and I am proud to say I believe I've accomplished that goal."

Bankes, 1705 22nd St. N.W., thought about running during the last elections. This year, she decided to stand up to the challenge, she said.

"I looked at the fact that I have been a hard-working woman all my life," Bankes said. "I am capable of doing this."

In her career and volunteer efforts, Bankes said she has advocated for the rights of senior citizens, teen mothers and low-income women.

"I think she (Mayor Bonnie Rietz) has done a good job, but it's time for new blood," Bankes said.

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