Perez says communication is key to serving residents of Pct. 3

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

J.C. Perez III has spent the last few weeks traveling the roads and meeting the people of Precinct 3 as part of his election bid for county commissioner.

With an eye on improved communication between the commissioner's office and the residents of Precinct 3, Perez is confident he can bridge that gap and create the change for which he said the people are calling.

"The main issues that I've heard from several constituents has been the road preparations and some areas of concern with safety and transportation," Perez said. "I'll focus on making it safe, first for any bus students that travel in this part of the county, and will also make sure that the culverts and drain areas are clean and that there's proper drainage."

Perez said he has taken the people's concerns seriously, and if elected plans on creating a strategy to prioritize those concerns.

He said the roads are a very important area that need attention.

"It seems that the people in the past have tried to voice their concerns, to call, but they don't get any type of response. This is what they're telling me. I want to work out some sort of communication process, either through email, or phone calls so that there will be a record of their communication, and we can work on getting these issues accomplished," Perez said.

Perez has a BS degree in agricultural education from Texas A&I University, which includes a lot of agricultural engineering knowledge, including proper drainage techniques, proper water flow and issues for flood areas, such as whether to grade up or down.

Perez said he has experience working with these issues. He also has a master's degree in Educational Administration. Perez is married, with three children. Perez was a principal for 14 years with Alice ISD and was in charge of federal programs and migrant programs at the administrative level for the district.

He has experience working with federal grant programs, experience he would like to see transferred to the commissioner's office, in helping to secure grants for Jim Wells County and for his precinct.

"I believe with my experience in applying for these grants, I can help the county without using taxpayer money, to improve needs that we may have," Perez said.

He currently serves as AISD Director of Operations, with more than 100 employees under his direction. He manages a $3 million budget, and is in charge of the maintenance and operations of buildings within the district.

"I think the only way to get people to work for you is to work with them," Perez said. "Communication with the people is a very important role that needs to be played. Their problems become my problems, and I think together we can find a solution, and together we can prevent these problems in the future."