McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — McAllen City Commissioner Hilda Salinas today filed and submitted the required legal paperwork to City Secretary Annette Villarreal at McAllen City Hall for her re-election on the McAllen City Commission, representing District 3. The municipal general election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Mayor Pro Tem Salinas, a 40-year resident of McAllen’s District 3, is the Lead Counselor at Veterans Memorial High School in Mission.
Commenting on her re-election kick off Salinas said, "I am honored to have an opportunity to represent my district. McAllen’s District 3 voters elected and re-elected me because they believed, as I did, that we require a strong and diverse economy for quality jobs, improved roads and drainage, first class public safety and quality services to take care of our families and to help our businesses succeed.” Salinas continued to say, “Today, I am proud to say that we have better streets and neighborhoods, more parks and green space, a quality education system, superior police and fire protection, and business continues to grow in McAllen. We accomplished this during good and bad economic times because of sound fiscal decisions.”
Salinas is proud of some key endeavors that occurred during her tenure on the City Commission including, the new public safety building and Northside Police substation, the new nationally-awarded public library, the airport expansion, the new convention center, the Anzalduas international bridge, expanded Bicentennial Parkway, the new central fire station and emergency operations center (EOC) and Town Lake at Fireman's Park. “We have had many successes over the last several years and while we face challenging times ahead of us, I want to ensure the citizens of McAllen that I will continue to make sound financial decisions to keep McAllen the best city to live in Texas,” she said.
The McAllen native graduated from McAllen High School in 1978 and continued her education earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Pan American University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance. Salinas was the first woman appointed to the McAllen Public Utility Board and served as an ex-officio board member for five years. In addition, Salinas is currently serving on the City of McAllen's Technology Committee (which assesses and plans for the City's technology needs of the future) and the Airport Construction Committee. She previously served on the new Public Library Construction Committee and as the City Commission Liaison for the McAllen School Board.
She was named Rio Grande Valley Lead Counselor of the Year in 2012 and was named Rio Grande Valley Tech Prep Counselor of the Year. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Salinas is married to Armando Salinas, III and has two children, Delilah Krystina who attends Texas A&M University in Kingsville and Laura Lisa who attends the University of Texas Pan American / Baylor Pre-Medical