Rosalinda Covarrubias hopes to be an advocate for the citizens of Robstown if elected to serve as the Place 2 Robstown City Councilwoman. Covarrubias is running against incumbent councilwoman Arlene Rodriguez.
Covarrubias is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She currently serves as a program director for a facility that services individuals with disabilities. As part of her work, Covarrubias has advocated for the rights of the disabled in Austin.
"When it comes to election time, we all need to get involved. Whether that's just voting or assisting in a campaign, something has to happen to get people involved so that movement takes place and so that those who are already in place don't feel like it's just another easy win," Covarrubias said.
"I feel that if I can be a part of that history, getting the people out there and involved every two years, having them shake hands and detail what they've done over the last two years, then it makes a difference," she added. "I've seen some improvement along the way, and that's what means the most to me, whether it's by me sitting in the (council) chair, or by me pushing the issues and for accountability to get things done."
Covarrubias sees bringing out prospective voters, those who may have never participated in an election before, as a victory in its own right. She called it a positive change for the community when those who usually don't speak up let their voices be heard. She said during her last campaign for city council, they were able to encourage people who had never gone out to vote before to come out to the polls. She hopes to encourage even more to do so this time.
"I hope the people want to see someone with new ideas and new vision for the community. Yes, there have been a lot of accomplishments, but that doesn't mean new people coming in wouldn't continue with those accomplishments," Covarrubias said.
She said things can become stagnant after six or seven years and that someone new coming in on the city council could bring in new ideas and be able to look outside the box.
"As a parent and as a worker, I want to see growth in the community. We are one community and we should work like one," Covarrubias said.