Elias Vasquez, the incumbent for the Place 5 City Council seat, believes his accomplishments while on the council should earn him another two years in office.

Vasquez is a 1963 graduate of Robstown High School, and graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration.

He and his wife, Emma, have been married for 41 years and have four adult children.

For the past 15 years, Vasquez has served as head pastor for First Christian Church in Alice, and he said his faith is what led him to first run for office, in 1999.

"There's a scripture that says, 'Where there is no vision, the people perish'," Vasquez said. "When we first ran 10 years ago, we wanted to come up with a vision for the community."

That vision involved creating partnerships with county, state and U.S. representatives, as well as activating what Vasquez called "dormant" boards, such as the Pride of Robstown, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Robstown Improvement Development Corporation and the Robstown Industrial Development Corporation.

"It takes time to combine all these partnerships within the city and outside the city," Vasquez said. "There were people with good intentions, but no plans.

"All these commissions were activated, and that was part of the plan of getting everybody on the same page."

The second part of the plan was to improve the city's financial standing, which was finally accomplished this past December.

"We've been wanting to fix the streets since I came on board, but there was no money and no credit," Vasquez said. "We had to improve our bond rating, so that we could become eligible to get bonds to fix the streets and do other things."

In addition to the ongoing street project, Vasquez credited those partnerships with the eventual construction of the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds and the Army Reserve Humidity Control Storage Facility.

"Some people say we haven't done anything, but we did. We gave (the Army Reserve) a 50-acre piece of land worth half a million dollars," Vasquez said. "We would not even have been in the competitive stage if we had not offered that 50 acres of land free to the military."

If elected to his sixth term in office, the current Mayor Pro-Tem said he would continue bringing positive results to the city.

"Robstown is not only my hometown, Robstown is my family," Vasquez said. "I'll do everything I can on their behalf."