Former Victoria County commissioner wants seat again
May 4, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.
Name: Chris Rivera
Occupation: Former commissioner
Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the May 29 primary election. This profile features candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Victoria County Commissioner Precinct 1. The race has six candidates. The first two were profiled Friday, the last two will be featured Sunday. The winner will face Republican Tony Mallette in the November general election.
Former commissioner Chris Rivera wants his seat back.
"I think I still have a lot to offer," Rivera said.
Rivera is running against five other Democratic Party candidates in the May 29 primary election. He said his experience makes him the best choice.
"There are going to be some very tough things coming up in this area," he said.
As federal money tightens, he said, the burden on local government grows, particularly through unfunded mandates.
After Rivera earned a business administration degree, he moved back to Victoria as the executive director of the local Boys' Club. He went on to start Revista de Victoria, a monthly bilingual publication and became involved in county politics.
Rivera served as Precinct 1 commissioner from 1997 to 2008, as one of the precinct's longest-serving commissioners. He lost to Kenny Spann in the November 2008 election.
His skills for the office include his previous experience as a commissioner and a justice of the peace, leadership, education and relationships in the state government, he said.
His priorities are budget restraint and taking care of county employees, who he said are the county's most important resources.
As insurance, fuel, electricity and materials costs rise, he said it is important to prioritize road and infrastructure projects to serve the larger good.
While aggressive animals and sexually-oriented businesses have been focal points for the current commissioners, Rivera said the best way to handle it is through researching what's accessible and what's accountable.
"We're sort of in the spotlight for surrounding counties," Rivera said. "I've always said it's easy to make a decision, but it's hard to make the right decision."