After making it through his first term on the Robstown City Council, incumbent David Medina said he is more knowledgeable and committed to improving the quality of life for the city's residents.
Medina, who will be facing challenger Diane Castro Rubio in the May 14 city election, is a lifelong resident of Robstown and 1980 graduate of Robstown High School. He is employed by a local chemical company in Corpus Christi. Medina and his wife have three children together.
Medina was first elected in 2009, winning a seat on the council to replace Annisa Zilka, who opted not to seek re-election. He admitted that stepping into public office for the first time took a while to get used to, but Medina said he is more prepared to work for the people than he was at the beginning.
He said the current council has worked together to build a foundation for future growth, something he is anxious to see occur.
"I really do like what we're doing and I believe in what we're doing," Medina said.
Proposed projects, like The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay and the inland port, are just two examples of what Medina said could have a tremendous impact on the city.
Medina said he was particularly happy with the council's decision to approve the rezoning application that allowed a new CVS store to be built along Avenue J.
Medina admitted that one original goal he had after getting elected in 2009 has not seen as much progress as he would like, that being improvements on the streets on the south side of Robstown.
There were issues, Medina said, with how the project was designed prior to his taking office. But Medina said he hopes to change that should voters give him a second term.
"I don't think enough's been done, but I know they're trying," he said.
Medina said he feels Robstown is on the verge of becoming a hub of economic activity, but added strong leadership will be needed for that to happen.
"The thing is you have to build a solid foundation and that's what we're doing right now," he said.
Editor's Note: Medina's challenger, Diane Castro Rubio, did not return repeated calls to her cell phone requesting an interview for her candidate profile prior to this week's deadline.