Thursday, November 29, 2012

Candidate Profile - Getsemani Yanez, Candidate for City Rep District 2


Name: Getsemani YaƱez

Office: Candidate for El Paso City Council, District 2

Hometown:
  • Henderson, Texas (Now lives in El Paso)

Education:
  • UTEP, MA Candidate 2013
  • Baylor University, BA
  • Southeastern University, AS
  • Southern Careers Institute, Technical Degree
  • Tatum I.S.D, (PK – 12)

Military Service:
  • Applied but was denied due to medical history

Occupation:
  • Small Business Owner

Professional Experience:
  • Public Sector
    • Staffer in two Congressional Offices
  • Private Sector
    • Current Owner & Partner of two local small businesses
      • Consulting
      • Service Industry
    • Staffer in Washington, D.C., Government Relations Office
    • Industrial Construction (Energy)

Community Involvement:
  • Formerly Elected Central Neighborhood Coalition Representative
  • Co-Founded Fort Blvd. Business Association
  • Member of Central Neighborhood Association
  • Former Board-Member of Five Points Development Association
  • Formerly appointed to City of El Paso Community Development Steering Committee
  • Formerly appointed to Greater El Paso Civic, Convention, and Tourism Advisory Board
  • Served on Sheriff’s Advisory Committee
  • Graduate FBI Citizen’s Academy

General Political Persuasion:
  • Proud Texas Democrat

What are your priority issues for the district?: 
  • Aesthetics
  • Institutional Practices
  • Public Safety
  • Public-Private-Partnerships

What are the first three acts you would undertake as a member of Council?:
  • Work with neighborhoods, businesses, and city staff to beautify our city in a truly progressive and responsible manner.
  • Work with city staff and private sector to position El Paso as the leading economic driver on the border to attract domestic and foreign direct investment to our region.
  • Create, adopt, and adhere to better ethical guidelines as well as better rules of decorum. This should include an ethics hotline, modeled after the state ethics line, where attorneys can help people and venders better understand our municipal rules and regulations.

How often have you voted in elections in El Paso?: I have a “hard dem” classification with an 88.6 voting grade.

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