Mayor Rodrigo Ramon Jr. said he has a vision of success and growth for his hometown, one that he wants to see through to completion.
Ramon, now seeking his sixth term in office, was first elected in 2001. He previously served as a city council member and mayor pro tem. Ramon and his wife of 32 years, Brenda, have three children together.
Ramon said during his time as mayor, the city has worked to better the quality of life for residents and businesses alike. That included taking a look at different needs for the area, including infrastructure improvements and economic development, during a study done in 2001, shortly after Ramon took office.
The biggest hurdle to any proposed improvements, however, was improving the city's bond rating, Ramon said. That was a necessity, because without a decent bond rating, the city could not borrow money to pay for work it would otherwise not be able to afford alone, he said, and improving the bond rating took years of work to accomplish.
"That's where we began as our foundation," Ramon said. "Once we got our financials stable and credit worthy, we worked on assessing infrastructure…then we looked at our own assets."
In the years since that initial study, Ramon said the city has begun and completed work on a number of projects, including citywide street repairs, renovations of the city's fire department and police station, and new facilities for the Animal Control and Public Works Departments. In addition, Ramon and the council worked with the fire and police departments to help obtain funding for new equipment and vehicles.
Ramon said the city is also working to attract foreign investors to the area, which is something he said would be beneficial to Robstown's future growth. He disagreed with his opponents' claims that trips overseas to China and Mexico were unnecessary and wasteful spending.;
"I believe economic development is what will eventually tier up the community," Ramon said.
In addition, Ramon said the council's decision to seek a $5.65 million loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the issuance of a matching amount in Certificates of Obligation, without putting it before the voters was one of necessity. Ramon said the opportunity presented was too good to pass up, so the council took action and went ahead with the loan application.
Despite some setbacks, Ramon said he is optimistic about Robstown's future. He said he envisions the town becoming a center of industry and commerce, and points to the proposed Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay as an example of one of those potential game-changing projects.
"I do feel good - that's why we're running again," he said.