As a candidate in the special election to fill her husband, Marcos Zavala's unexpired term, Sarah Zavala believes more can and should be done for the elderly residents of Driscoll. Such an effort, she said, will take a city council willing to work together for a common goal.
Born in Kingsville and raised in Driscoll, Zavala has received her GED. An employee with HEB in Kingsville for 19 years, she is married and has one son.
Cooperation and common goals are the key, Zavala said, for the city's future growth. After watching her husband serve as city commissioner for seven years, Zavala said she's learned a lot about things that can be done to improve Driscoll.
Flooding on the west side is one of the areas Zavala wants to tackle if elected. She said there are grant opportunities out there that will fund drainage improvements and possibly go a long way to installing a new lift station for the area. A lift station uses pumps to run the water from the sewer and prevent the system from backing up during torrential downpours.
"We're not even talking about hurricanes. Just heavy thunderstorms can cause flooding there to a point where the water actually goes into their homes," Zavala said. "We need to get grants to address those needs."
Transportation for the elderly is also a concern of Zavala's. Many older residents in Driscoll do not have a vehicle to get them to their doctor's appointments and the "B" Bus, Zavala said, just isn't cutting it.
"Everything is pretty far away from here. We need something that is available whenever someone needs it, much like the van system used in Kingsville," Zavala said. 'I don't know why no one has ever thought of putting a system like that here for our elderly. Instead of working their schedules around the 'B' bus."
Zavala also said she is not going to promise anyone anything.
"People think that when you're in office, you can do anything you want. You can't. I'll try to do the best I can, within the law, and within reason," Zavala said. "I would like to be able to help, and as a commissioner, I would be in a position to be able to help more people."