A lifelong resident of Robstown is hoping to bring jobs to Robstown if elected by voters in his first attempt at political office.

David Davila Medina, a 1980 graduate of Robstown High School, is married to his wife of 27 years. The couple has three children together. Medina has also worked for a chemical company in Corpus Christi for the past year.

Medina is facing Rosalinda Rodriguez Covarrubias for the vacant Place 6 seat on the Robstown City Council, which is his first political race.

Medina said Annisa Zilka, who chose not to seek re-election this year because she no longer resides within the city limits, approached him earlier this year and asked him to run for her seat after a discussion with a local pastor, he added.

"Honestly, I had no desire to run," Medina said. "(Zilka) goes to my church and she asked my pastor if there was somebody he could recommend and he said the only one he could think of was me.

"When she asked me, she caught me off guard."

Medina said he told Zilka that he would have to talk the decision over with his father and wife, in order to seek their guidance. They immediately offered their support, and Medina entered his hat into the ring.

But the challenger insists that despite being new to the political scene, he is ready to work with the residents of Robstown.

"This is new to me, but I love Robstown and I want to do whatever I can to help the people," Medina said. "I want to serve. That's my main goal."

If elected, Medina said he wants to work with the council to bring more jobs into the city in order to help local businesses grow.

"It all goes around - people work here and spend their money here," Medina said. "And the people who have stores and shops, they're going to get that money and then they're going to use it to pay (employees) here. We need more of that.

"There's a lot of excitement in that, so we'll see."

Being a lifelong resident also allows him to have a greater perspective on some of the concerns residents may have that need to be addressed, such as improving the south side of the city.

"One of the things I would like to have to do is clean up the town, especially in the area that I grew up on Illinois Street," Medina said. "I don't want those people to be forgotten and, since I grew up there, my heart is still over there."

When asked why voters should cast their ballot for him, Medina said he hopes people see that he is running for office to make a difference. And despite his initial hesitation, Medina said he is ready to serve.

"I think they (voters) can trust me," Medina said. "The people who know me, they've known me for a long time and they trust that I can make good decisions. I didn't go to Harvard or anything like that, but I think I have wisdom."