Kingsville has always been my home and it gives me no greater pleasure than to give back to the community through public service. I have served on the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees for the past nine years. I am also an active member of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My involvement with the Douglas Youth Center, the Javelina and Brahma Booster Clubs stems from their supportive role they play in the community.
Born on December 30, 1953, in Kingsville, I attended Flato Elementary, Memorial Junior High school and H.M. King High School, graduating in 1972. I received a business degree in finance in 1976 from Southwest Texas State University and earned a Jurisprudence Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1978. For the last twenty years, I have practiced law in Kingsville.
I love to fish, golf and hunt, and there’s no better place for this than South Texas. I am married to Darlynn Evetts, who is a kindergarten teacher at Santa Gertrudis School, and am the proud father of four children, Nathan, Beth, Sammy, and Shane.
Mailing:P.O. Box 1458 Kingsville, TX 78364
Physical:400 W. King Avenue, Kingsville, TX 78363
I was born in Hebbronville, Texas on July 25, 1947. I graduated from Hebbronville High School in 1965 and later attended Laredo Junior College and graduated from Texas A&I University in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration- Accounting.
I was an employee of the City of Kingsville as an Accountant, Finance Director, and City Manager. I held various Administration positions for various Cities in Texas and was County Treasury for Kleberg County.
I am married to Norma G. Hinojosa, a local native, we have three grown children who graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
I have served as a Board Member in Texas Coalition of Affordable Power, Kingsville Crime Stoppers, Chamber of Commerce, Rural Coastal Bend Private Industry Council, Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board, and Institute of Rural Development Board.
I am currently a member of the Knights of Columbus 2623 and Assembly 1303, Anos De Oro and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Finance Committee.
I will continue to support our City Employees and what is best for our Citizens of Kingsville.
I will support to improve our infrastructure, lower taxes, and maintain a close watch in our City spending and transparency.
I have been a Kingsville resident for over 50 years, a Civic Leader, Educator, School Administrator, Director of Special Education, City Commissioner, County Commissioner, and now again Kingsville City Commissioner.
My family roots in Kleberg County began in 1884, when Captain Richard King gave my great-great-grand father Matias Alvarez employment at what is now known as the King Ranch. My father, Reynaldo R. Alvarez was reared on the King Ranch, later moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and married my mother Adela Gonzalez. I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to Kingsville where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of School Administration from Texas A & I University. Upon graduation, I was employed at the Kingsville Independent School District, and retired after 46 years of service. Al Garcia a former Kingsville City Commissioner, and an insurance agent, has been my husband for 36 years.
Additionally, I was elected as the City of Kingsville Commissioner from 1994 to 1996, and elected Mayor Pro-tem from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 through 2002, I had the distinction of being the first women elected to serve on the Kleberg County Commissioner’s Court Precinct 2. Once again from 2007 to 2011, I was elected as a Kleberg County Commissioner Court Precinct 2. My tenure as County and City Commissioner provided me with an abundance of knowledge and experience to work positively with the citizens of Kleberg County and the City of Kingsville.
During my term as County Commissioner, my leadership was instrumental in supporting numerous projects and ventures that aided the county’s economy that resulted in millions of dollars of grants awarded to the county. Grants awarded included: The Coastal Impact Assistance Grant, The Airport Participation Grant, The County Airport Terminal Re-facing Grant, The Automated Weather Observation Grant, The Airport Master Plan Grant, Taxi Way Grant (which acquired 100 feet from the King Ranch), Riviera Beach Park/Fishing Pier Renovation Grant, The Kaufer-Hubert Park/Fishing Pier Renovation/Sea wall Grant, The Sea Wind Recreation Park expansion and the Riviera New Water Well Grant.
Receiving the Who’s Who Outstanding Women of the Year Award, and over 45 years of community service, has placed me on numerous boards: The Advisory Board for the Board Appointed Special Advocates, Texas Council of Administrators, the Kingsville Development Council, the Kingsville Area Educators Credit Union, the Kingsville Action Network, South Texas Water Authority, The Boys and Girls Club, Texas A&M Social Work Advisory Board, President of Texas Municipal League Region 11, The Kingsville Texas State Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Texas Teacher Retirement Association. Further serving the community, I graduated from the Border Patrol Citizens Academy, participate in the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class IV, served as Vice-President of Phi Delta Kappa, and Chairperson for AWARE department of the Kingsville Women’s Club.
While in office as County Commissioner, I was a member of the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, and Texas Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. I am currently an active member of the Kingsville Noon Rotary Club and Aware Department of the Kingsville Women’s Club.
As a newly elected City Commissioner, my goals are to:
I look forward to working diligently with the other City officials to achieve these goals.
My position on the City Commission allows me to once again do what was the most satisfying part of being the Kingsville City Secretary, which is serving the public. I was employed with the City of Kingsville from 1980 until retirement in 2012 and held the position of Kingsville City Secretary for the last nine (9) years. As City Secretary, I served as the Chief Election Official responsible for all city elections.
I was the first City Secretary for the City of Kingsville to receive the designation of Texas Registered Municipal Clerk (TRMC) from the University of North Texas in Denton and the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) from International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Other City positions held during my employment were: Wastewater Department Secretary, Human Resource Director’s Secretary, Ambulance Billing Clerk, Risk Management Secretary, Code Enforcement Secretary, and Fire Chief’s Secretary. I also helped out, when needed, in the Purchasing, Municipal Court, and Utility Billing Departments.
I was born in Alice, Texas, raised and educated in Kingsville. I am married to Alonzo Lopez, Jr., retired Kingsville Fire Chief, and we have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. I am presently employed with the Kingsville Independent School District. I am a member of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, Texas Municipal Clerks Association, and the International Institutes of Municipal Clerks. I ran for City Commissioner because I care about our community and I want our community to be a better place to live. My goal is to be your voice when spending taxpayer’s funds with a focus on solutions to your various concerns. I will work to the best of my ability with all entities for the betterment of our city.
I was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas and am a proud Texan. From an early age, I knew that I wanted to serve my community and my country. As a Kingsville native I graduated from H.M. King High School, attended Texas A&M University – Kingsville, joined the United States Army, served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq and returned to my hometown of Kingsville, TX.
I was medically retired in December of 2018 after serving ten years in the Army. My retirement was ultimately decided due to line of duty injuries which were sustained during my service to the Army and to our Great United States of America. I was awarded the 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Certificate of Achievement Unsung Hero Award. The Unsung Hero Award is awarded to a Soldier who is a skilled, dedicated, and diligent person giving of themselves without the thought of recognition and representing the true spirit of Selfless Service. I also retired with the following awards; Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Certificate of Achievement, and a certificate of appreciation from the United States Navy. I am also proud that I was inducted into “Women in Military Service” at the America Memorial, which is in Washington, D.C.
I continue to serve my community as the first female Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2375 Kingsville (2019-2021), Junior Vice Commander of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 (2020-2021), Service Officer of American Legion Post 185 Bishop and VFW Post 2375 Kingsville. I also served as National Aide de Camp for the National Veterans of Foreign Wars (2019-2020). I have been a member of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, was Treasurer for the Kingsville Athletic Booster Club, and am the Sergeant at Arms for the Brahma JROTC Parent and Alumni Booster Club.
Through the works of these great organizations it has helped me focus on serving the citizens of Kingsville. I genuinely believe in service before self and believe there is no higher calling than service to the Citizens of Kingsville and the American people. Although I can no longer serve as a Soldier, the Army Values I learned will be present every day during my service as one of your Kingsville City Commissioners.
My husband, Christopher Torres and I have a blended family of six children, three beautiful young ladies and three handsome young men, four wonderful grandsons and one gorgeous granddaughter. My parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sr. and Sylvia Sandoval are lifelong residents of Kingsville and raised me, my twin sister and two brothers in our great city.
Kingsville, Texas has and will always be my home and it is important that I help to make it the best not only for me, my family but also for our fellow neighbors and our future neighbors.
God Bless Kingsville and Our Great Nation!
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 1458 Kingsville, TX 78364
400 W. King Ave. • Kingsville, Texas 78363
Phone: 361-595-8040 • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm