A childcare director is aiming to secure her first political position as she seeks the vacant Place 6 seat on the Robstown City Council.
Rosalinda Rodriguez Covarrubias, a 1991 graduate of Robstown High School, is a childcare director with the Mary Lois Fields Learning Center in the Annaville area. She and her husband have three children together.
Covarrubias also has an associate's degree from Del Mar College in psychology and is in the process of obtaining her bachelor's degree for psychology and sociology. She is facing David Davila Medina for the Place 6 seat left vacant by Annisa Zilka, who decided not to seek re-election.
Covarrubias said she is hoping to make city government more transparent to the citizens of Robstown, as well as improving the relationship the public has with their elected officials.
"I feel I can bring new and supportive ideas and I feel like I can continue the goals that are set in place already that would help the people in the city," Covarrubias said. "With me coming in, I will focus on working towards a more effective system, such as more transparency and communication with the people.
"I think the people need to know what is going on with the city and how it's being managed."
Covarrubias has run for a place on the city council before, losing a 2007 race to Arlene Rodriguez, who is running unopposed this year. The loss, she added, gave her valuable experience on what it takes to seek a political office, making her better prepared this time around.
"I think my first time (running) was just getting myself out there, letting people know this person exists," Covarrubias said. "This time around, I'm hoping people will see that this newcomer wants to get in there and that was my main goal."
There is also a personal reason behind the decision to run this year, she added. Her father became "very ill" recently and she said the Robstown Emergency Medical Services were unable to help because they did not have an available vehicle.
"When I needed the system to help me out, to provide me with the emergency care, they were unable to because none of the vehicles were available at that time," Covarrubias said. "Someone from Alice had to come in. Because of that, that just gave me more of a reason to want to come in and be that advocate for the elderly that we have here."
Covarrubias said that while the current city council has accomplished some good things for the area, she hopes voters will share her sentiments in feeling that new blood is needed to help the city grow from within to match the expansion taking place around Robstown.
"I think it's amazing that we are booming around Robstown, but I just feel we need to prepare our city for all those needs and incoming goals that they're setting for us," Covarrubias said. "We have to endorse ourselves to get those people who are going around us to want to come and build inside.
"We don't want to become a ghost town, where everybody runs around us, but nobody comes in."