After much thought and prayer and the support of my family, I have decided that I will be a candidate for Hidalgo County Judge in the March 2018 Democratic Primary.
As we each experience life’s journey, we are able to choose a path of righteousness based on the morals and values instilled in us by our parents and our culture.
It is our choices that will clearly reflect the values we embody as individuals. Service to our local community has always been my priority and I am proud to have served on the Edinburg School Board, as Hidalgo County Clerk and as Hidalgo County Judge.
Under the current County Judge the budget has tripled despite shrinking rural areas. Growth of cities and their jurisdictions is reducing County obligations yet spending appears out of control.
Enough is enough! Goal number one should be to reduce the County’s tax rate by 10-12 cents within the first 2-3 years.
This will require working closely with the Commissioners Court and Appraisal District Board to reduce the tax burden as much as possible. We also will work with local taxing entities to eliminate unnecessary spending from bloated budgets.
Encouraging continued commercial and residential construction will increase the tax base even more.
Goal number two should be to attract industrial development that brings higher paying jobs. As a large county with a lot of open land, it is important for the growth to be controlled in order to create enterprise zones that will entice industry to locate in Hidalgo County.
This brings hiring opportunities for our thousands of college graduates that have the educational level for higher paying jobs that are currently unemployed, underemployed or have settled for jobs outside their career fields due to lack of local jobs.
The county must also work towards curbing the random location of colonias by creating special colonia districts like are currently in place in Harris County (Houston). These special districts have proven to be effective.
Other issues that need to addressed will include;
1] Need and location of a new Courthouse
2] Step and grade salary scale for ALL county employees.
3] Restart the process of a New Railway System connection with San Antonio.
4] Restart process to bring Professional Sports spring and summer training. Especially the Dallas Cowboys .
January 20, 2017