Lozano wants to follow in her father's footsteps

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Mary Lozano hopes to follow in her father's footsteps and serve the citizens of Jim Wells County as Tax Assessor-Collector.

Lozano's father, Antonio "Cone" Lozano, served as Tax Assessor-Collector in Jim Wells County for more than 20 years, and she said she learned a great deal about the office from him.

"My dad would tell me stories about how he helped the citizens of Jim Wells County," Lozano said. "Since my father is my mentor, I decided to follow in his footsteps."

Lozano is a graduate of William Adams High School, and has a bachelor's degree in home economics from Incarnate Word University.

She is a divorced mother of two adult children, and has one granddaughter.

"Work does not scare me at all," Lozano said. "One reason it doesn't scare me is I was a single parent, and at one times I had up to three jobs."

Lozano has served as a social worker throughout 29 counties in Texas over the past 30 years. She has worked with all age groups, but currently focuses on individuals over the age of 50 who need employment training.

"I've always worked in the community, and I've always helped people, so it's natural," Lozano said.

Cone Lozano often told his daughter stories about running the Tax Assessor-Collector office, and she said he taught her some important lessons she hopes to bring to the job.

"He taught us to be fair, honest and impartial," Lozano said. "And to always greet and smile, since it doesn't cost you anything."

In addition to the lessons she learned from her father, Lozano said her work experience has brought her valuable skills she can dedicate to the office.

"I have supervision experience, and I can run the office in a business like manner," Lozano said. "I understand people's problems, and I would be a full time employee for Jim Wells County Tax Assessor-Collector."

Lozano praised the work done by the current office staff, and said she would try to build on the work they have done.

"I will not undo positive advances made by the past or present administration, but affirm that even good ideas can be improved upon," Lozano said. "I will have an open-door policy."

One change she would bring to the office, Lozano said, is to create a dedicated line just for seniors and disabled citizens, to cut down on their wait time.

Lozano said she would also try to hire part-time help so she can offer flexible office hours and stay open during the lunch break.

Lozano said she has the experience and the knowledge necessary to make her the best candidate for the job.

"There's only one Mary, and I have always been the kind of person who is ready to help you in any way I can," Lozano said. "I believe I can serve the community with my experience and dedication to Jim Wells County."