Incumbent Mandy Vasquez is hoping voters will give her a fourth term in office in order to help the Robstown City Council complete the vision it has for the town and its residents.
Vasquez, who is facing challenger Jose Velasquez in the May 14 city election, holds an associates degree from Del Mar College in business administration and a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the same field. She received her master's degree in education from TAMUCC in May 2010.
Vasquez currently teaches business education at Robstown High School.
The current members of the Robstown City Council, Vasquez said, have been united in moving Robstown forward. She pointed to future projects, like the Inland Port of the Americas and The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay, as examples of what can be done when city leaders work together.
"This team I can see bettering Robstown, which is really my goal," she said.
Vasquez addressed criticism being aimed at this year's incumbent council members by their opposition about the city's spending to attract foreign investors to Robstown. It was revealed last year that the city had spent $144,577 for four trips to China since March 2008.
Since then, numerous Chinese delegations have visited the area, but no investments have been set in stone or committed to just yet. However, Vasquez said she was optimistic about the future on the city's investment front.
"I've always known you have to spend money to make money," she said. "The way I see it is we need to continue (working) to get businesses to come here. It's going to take a little time, but it's going to pay off."
Vasquez said she was also excited to see the city moving forward with plans to build a new city hall. The new city hall, Vasquez said, would make city operations much smoother for both workers and residents alike.
"The employees also deserve a new building, as well, because what we have now is outdated," she said.