A former Robstown school board member is seeking to make a difference in a new arena, the Robstown City Council.
Victor Orona, who served on the Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees until he was defeated in November, is seeking to unseat incumbent Elias Vasquez for the Place 5 City Council seat.
Orona is a 1979 Robstown High School graduate who has been in the auto insurance business for the past 14 years. He and his wife, Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees member Eva Orona, have been married 25 years.
Orona said he decided to run because he is disappointed with the current city council.
"I've seen, as a taxpayer, where we're lacking help or involvement from the community," Orona said. "And I've seen where our local government is not really listening to the community, only to certain individuals."
However, the problems with the council go deeper than just failing to listen to the public, Orona said.
"We need good, honest people to run our city. And we haven't had that in awhile. It's all about them. When they start talking about improvements, they do it during election time," Orona said. "I see what's going on in the city council. They're not really doing anything for the community, they're doing it for themselves. They're just doing what they're being told."
If he is elected to the council, Orona said his first act would be to ask for an audit of the city's finances.
His second act, Orona said, would be to work to get the community more involved in public matters, something he said is long overdue.
"I would love for the people of our community to get more involved so that everybody is on the same page. So we're not hiding anything, we're being straightforward," Orona said. "We have a lot of good people here in our community, but they need to come out and vote.
"I'm willing to hear them out."