Sunday, February 07, 2010

Media Release: Pharr's mayor and city commission endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative D36

Pharr's mayor and city commission endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative D36

For Immediate Release:
Monday, February 8, 2010

Photo attached.

Pharr's mayor and city commission endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative D36. Featured, from left: Commissioner Francis Quintanilla; Commissioner Oscar Elizondo, Jr.; Commissioner Eddie Cantú; Sergio Muñoz, Jr.; Mayor Leopoldo "Polo" Palacios, Jr.; Commissioner Bobby Carrillo; and Mayor Pro-Tem Adan Farias. Not shown, but also endorsing Muñoz, is Commissioner Arturo Cortéz.

Pharr's mayor and city commission endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative D36

(PHARR) -- Another major endorsement has been secured by Sergio Muñoz, Jr., who on Thursday, February 4 received the unanimous support in his bid for state representative, House District 36, from the mayor and city commission of Pharr.

House District 36 includes Granjeno, Hidalgo, southern McAllen, most of Mission, Palmview, Peñitas, and Pharr.

The powerful show of confidence by the elected city leadership of Pharr comes soon after another big victory for Muñoz, a Democrat, when mayor Beto Salinas and the city council of Mission also endorsed his candidacy for the Texas Legislature.

Muñoz, a successful attorney and judge, has made job creation, affordable health care, improved education, and stronger public safety – the foundation of his campaign.

"Pharr has established itself at the statewide level as the hub of transportation and commerce for our region and as a major gateway for international business, and Pharr knows that Sergio Muñoz, Jr. has the professional and personal skills to be successful in the Texas Legislature, where he will pass laws and shape policies that will help our city continue to grow and prosper. I like his spirit and passion," said Mayor Leopoldo "Polo" Palacios, Jr.

A graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston who earned his business degree at the University of Texas at Austin, together with his work as a lawyer and judge, Muñoz has proven his ability to succeed in high-pressure situations.

"Sergio will be able to hit the ground running in the Texas Legislature because he won't been intimidated, discouraged, or fooled by anyone,"
said Pharr City Commissioner Bobby Carrillo. "He's going to do the legislative homework and hard work needed to succeed and he will speak the truth to our people. These are some of the high qualities that he shares with all of us here at home. He is one of us."

Muñoz offered his reasons for seeking public office. "I am running because I believe that my years in professional and community services, and my experience as a defender of the people, combined with my vision and commitment for all of us to have a better life, are positive qualifications to serve the good people of District 36," he said.

"We all want what's best for our families," Muñoz added. "Working as an attorney in this region, I know what it takes to fight for people every day."

Equally important, in presenting his candidacy to voters, Muñoz is holding himself up to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.
"It's about having strong core values that matter: leadership, integrity, compassion, hard work and faith," he told voters. "I won't forget where I came from and who I serve."

Among Muñoz legislative proposals are:

• Securing state funding for the planned University of Texas Health Science Center - South Texas, which will include a medical school for the region; • Working with the governor on a plan that would tap into two existing state programs – the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund - to help pay for the construction of a Veterans Affairs Hospital in the Valley; and,

• Seeking major state pay raise for educators in order to keep and attract the best teachers in South Texas and state's public schools.

Summarizing his legislative goals, Muñoz proclaimed, "It's time for everyone to have the education they want, the health care they need, and the jobs they deserve."

Muñoz offered his reasons for seeking public office. "I am running because I believe that my years in professional and community services, and my experience as a defender of the people, combined with my vision and commitment for all of us to have a better life, are positive qualifications to serve the good people of District 36. I won't forget where I come from," he said.

"We all want what's best for our families," Muñoz added. "Working as an attorney and judge in this region, I know what it takes to fight for people every day."

Equally important, in presenting his candidacy to voters, Muñoz is holding himself up to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.
"It's about having strong core values that matter: leadership, integrity, compassion, hard work and faith," he told voters. "I won't forget who I serve."

He said his decision to run "is not one that I take lightly. I don't want anything just given to me. I would rather have life provide me with an opportunity and then earn it."

Muñoz said he would continue the Valley legislative delegation's strategies of always rallying behind the major issues of the day.

"If we want more jobs, more resources, and more funding for our community, we all need to work together, cooperatively, both here locally, and in Austin," said Muñoz. "As long as we can work together, plan together and agree on the right projects that help our community, we can attract the right funding and resources we need to have a better education system, a healthier and safer community, and to have the jobs of which we can be proud."

He said he would be accessible to all constituents, both during the campaign and as an elected official.

"Over the next few weeks, I intend to continue to walk our neighborhoods, knock on doors, and visit as many people as possible. They deserve this. I hope that people agree with my vision and vote for me beginning February 16 when early voting begins," Muñoz said.

Other legislative goals

Muñoz' legislative plans also include the following measures:

• Spark economic development and jobs creation through legislative and state agency policies that result in the recruitment of new, and expansion of existing, large and small businesses in deep South Texas through state tax incentives, with improvements of the state highway and roadway systems;

• Pass legislation that promotes the development of small businesses in the Valley – "the backbone of our local economy," as he characterized them – while opposing a state personal income tax, which he said would hurt both employers and employees;

• Promote reforms in the state's legal and tax systems that will help homeowners better protect their most valuable investment, while making it more affordable for Texans to buy and hold on to their homes; • Expand the academic programs at The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College;

• Boost public safety with a strong border security system in partnership with local, state and federal agencies, and pass laws that protect crime victims while cracking down on violent criminals and sexual predators;

• Protecting the pensions and health insurance coverage for retired educators and state professionals; and,

• Expand health care coverage for South Texans by making it easier for thousands of Valley families and individuals to protect their families by expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and improving access to Medicaid – advances that would result in millions of additional federal matching dollars coming into the South Texas economies.

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Political announcement paid for by Sergio Muñoz, Jr., Oscar
Elizondo, Jr., Treasurer, 1110 South Closner Boulevard, Edinburg,
Texas 78539.

Note: RGV Life does not receive compensation for this announcement.
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