Raul G. Salinas

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Raúl González Salinas
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Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas at the 2008 Veterans Day ceremony at Laredo Community College
Mayor of Laredo, Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 17, 2006
Preceded by Elizabeth "Betty" Garcia Flores
Personal details
Born (1947-11-08) November 8, 1947 (age 66)
Alice, Jim Wells County
Texas, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Yolanda Salinas (married 1989-2012, divorced)[1]
Profession Former FBI agent
Businessman

Raúl González Salinas (born November 8, 1947) is a private security consultant, a businessman, and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was elected mayor of Laredo, Texas, on June 17, 2006. Then a self-styled "political outsider," Salinas defeated 8-year city councilman John Clifford Galo (born 1958) in a low-turnout election: 9,665 votes (52.75 percent) to 8,657 (47.25 percent).[2] In 2012, Galo was handily elected to the Webb County commissioner's court for Precinct 3.

A native of Alice, the seat of Jim Wells County east of Laredo, Salinas is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Salinas opposed the construction of the border wall along the Rio Grande. He claims that the wall would devastate Laredo economically because Mexican laborers sustain the local economy by as much as 40 percent.[3]

Salinas's first term was extended to four and one-half years so that city elections henceforth coincide with the November general election of non-presidential even years. Salinas led in the first round of voting and then defeated the outgoing 8-year city council member Gene Belmares (born 1963) by a 2-1 margin in the runoff election held on December 11, 2010. Salinas successfully used the slogan "Still, The Right Man" in his reelection campaign. Belmares carried the backing of the Laredo Morning Times but finished with only 34 percent of the vote in a low-turnout election. At times the campaign bogged down in trivia, as each candidate attempted to take credit for the installation of speed bumps in a particular neighborhood. Salinas polled 12,783 votes to Belmares' 6,575.[4]

Belmares was succeeded on the 8-member city council in District 6 by Charlie San Miguel, who vowed to make traffic congestion in north Laredo a priority.[5]

Salinas is term-limited and is ineligible to seek a third term in 2014, barring any changes to the Laredo city charter. Meanwhile, his former wife, Yolanda Salinas, who once owned a beauty supply store in Laredo, was an unsuccessful candidate for the District 7 seat on the Laredo City Council in the November 6 municipal elections, which were held concurrently with the contests for U.S. President and Congress.[6] She finished third in a four-candidate race.[7]

Salinas is a candidate for Webb county treasurer in the Democratic runoff election scheduled for May 27, 2014. In the primary election on March 4, 2014, he led by 250 votes the incumbent treasurer, Delia Perales, who finished second in the balloting.[8] Several other candidates were eliminated in the primary, including Cynthia Mares, president of the board of trustees of Laredo Community College; she carried the endorsement of the Laredo Morning Times.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Kreighbaum, "Mayor, wife to divorce," Laredo Morning Times, January 7, 2012, p. 3
  2. ^ Laredo Morning Times, June 18, 2006, p. 1
  3. ^ Kahn, Carrie (2006-07-08). "Immigration Debate Divides Laredo". NPR. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  4. ^ Nick Georgiou, "Elections 2010: Landslide Victory, Salinas Wins Again," Laredo Morning Times, December 12, 2010, p. 1, 12A
  5. ^ Cesar G. Rodriguez, "San Miguel elected to council," Laredo Morning Times, December 13, 2010, pp. 1, 12A
  6. ^ Stephanie Ibarra, "Salinas files for City Council post", Laredo Morning Times, August 9, 2012, p. 3A
  7. ^ "How Webb Voted", Laredo Morning Times, November 7, 2012, p. 1
  8. ^ "Matt McGovern, "Three Webb County races end in run-offs", March 5, 2014". KGNS-TV. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Editorial Board announces endorsements for primary", Laredo Morning Times, February 18, 2014, p. 4A
Preceded by
Elizabeth Garcia "Betty" Flores
Mayor of Laredo, Texas

Raul Gonzalez Salinas
2006 –

Succeeded by
Incumbent