Gabriel Soliz talks cutting costs, incorporating Bloomington
May 4, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.
After a term on the City Council, Gabriel Soliz is working toward a seat on the Victoria County Commissioners' Court.
Soliz is up against five other candidates, including the incumbent and a former commissioner, for the Precinct 1 Democratic Party nomination. Early voting for the primary election opens May 14.
"How do you convince people that you really want to serve?" Soliz asked.
This year marks his third attempt at the county position.
"I had the knowledge, but not the experience (before)," he said.
He hopes his three years on the Victoria City Council are enough to show he is the person for the job.
Soliz graduated from St. Edwards University in Austin with a political science degree. In 2000, he moved back to Victoria, his hometown, ready to be a leader.
He calls his platform for county commissioner a mandate for reform.
"The budget will be the focus," Soliz said.
One of the major projects he wants to initiate is incorporating Bloomington as its own city. He said it could reduce long-term costs to the county through the road and bridge budget.
He also said he wants to see the county create a 381 economic development agreement program.
"Even as an administrator, you can initiate inter-local agreements that enhance not only the rural communities, but also areas within the city," Soliz said.
These agreements take the form of property tax abatements, loans or grants, commitments for infrastructure, or payments of portions of the sales tax generated by the project.
As far as major current county issues go, including aggressive dogs and sexually-oriented businesses, Soliz said he would avoid reactionary policy and research what is constitutionally allowable.
He said he would ensure that the direction of the court reflects the needs of the people.