Garcia says he will improve Precinct 1
July 22, 2012 at 2:22 a.m.
MEET Danny Garcia
Occupation: retired, Texas Department of Transportation
City of residence: Victoria
The runoff elections for the Democratic and Republic party primaries is July 31. Early voting begins Monday and ends Friday. The Advocate is profiling local candidates in the runoff. Today's candidates are seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Victoria County Commissioner Precinct 1. The winner will face Republican Tony Mallette in November.
After coming out on top in the crowded May primary election for Precinct 1 Victoria County Commissioner, Danny Garcia is ready to get to work.
But first, he will need to secure his place on the November ballot by way of the July 31 Democratic Party runoff election against challenger and former Justice of the Peace Annie Ramos.
"When I decided this was something I wanted to do, there was no hesitation, I just had to wait for filing to open," Garcia said.
Garcia said he wants to continue the impact he was able to make while working with Texas Department of Transportation.
"If you don't give back, it eventually disappears," Garcia said. "If you have something good, you have to give back so it can prosper."
Garcia said he is ready to step up and to get to work.
He has plans to work with Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Richard Castillo and the constable's office to crack down on the littering problem along the precinct's major highways. He said he also wants to re-open and improve the Bloomington courtesy station to "break even."
Christy Parenica, of Placedo, said she supports Garcia.
"If he says he's going to do something, or help you, he will," she said. "Not everybody's like that."
Parencia said Garcia's experience with TxDOT, overseeing construction, budgets and training, gives him solid experience for the job. However, his experience coaching a Bloomington Little League team is why she will vote for him.
"The way he acted on the field toward the kids, he was always instructive, he never talked to them ugly, all his critiquing and help was to build them up and make them do better," Parencia said. "He was always there for his team from the time they were 6 or 7 till they were 15."
Parencia said Garcia is an "honorable" man with "deep roots" in Precinct 1.
At this point, she said the outcome is in God's hands.
"Danny's going to try his very best to do what needs to be done and do it the right way," Parencia said. "He's known for years that he wanted to give back to the community in this way and it has now become possible - it wasn't a last-minute decision."