Ray Madrigal is hoping to bring a measure of change to the Corpus Christi City Council as he seeks his first seat in political office.
Madrigal will be running against challenger Carolyn Moon and incumbent Joe Adame for the position of mayor for the City of Corpus Christi. Madrigal is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has an Associate's Degree from Del Mar College, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
He has also served on a variety of committees for the city.
Madrigal said he opted to run for mayor after seeing a number of moves made by the Corpus Christi City Council over the past two years.
"I didn't agree with the decisions being made at City Hall, especially the one to tear down the Memorial Coliseum," he said.
Madrigal said he feels the mayor and current council have not done enough to curb unnecessary spending during the current economic situation, adding that it is the city's residents who wind up footing the bill for any shortfall.
"It's time to give the taxpayers of Corpus Christi a break," he said.
"The situation we're in now, I don't think that was created overnight," he added.
Madrigal said he was particularly disappointed that the council made the decision to demolish the Memorial Coliseum, even after hundreds of residents spoke out in protest.
"The council and the mayor went in the opposite direction," he said.
Adame's decision to move the time for public comment at city council meetings was also one Madrigal said was wrong.
"The mayor said all (people) were doing was complaining during public comment," Madrigal said. "Well, that's part of the game. That's what you're there for - to listen."
Madrigal said if elected, he would like to do more to promote small business growth in the area.
"Small businesses are the ones that create all these jobs," he said. "It's not always big businesses."
In addition, Madrigal said he would also like to see more done to promote and improve local beaches to increase tourism.