Dr. Armando O’caña Sr. announces his intention to run for the position the City of Mission Mayor. Dr. O’caña said, “I feel that with God, family, friends, neighbors, and Mission citizens best believing I can do it is an exciting and wonderful time to seek the position of Mayor for the greatest city in the world! I promise to continue the economic growth, prosperity and all 100% of the current projects. I am an independent public servant candidate. I ask not what my city can do for me; but, what I can do for my city.”
In his prepared statement, Dr. O’caña continued to note that he wants to promote not raising taxes but freezing this year’s tax rate for next year to better pulse the city’s fiscal responsible for project planning purposes. He continued to say that during his three terms as City Councilman he has proven himself to be honest, loyal, trustworthy, hardworking and dedicated leader.
Dr. O’caña cites his many experiences such as mayor’s liaison to the Boys and Girls club for six years, representative for elected officials on the Hidalgo County 911 committee for six years, being the Fire Chief for this city for over 15 years , being an educator for over 40 years, and as a alternated representative to the Amigos del Valle for six years as positive attributes that will be utilize to lead the City of Mission during hard times as well as during progressive good times today and whatever new challenges the future brings.
Dr. O’caña, also said, “I pledge to work for governmental efficiency at reasonable cost with fiscal responsibility, make decisions that are researched based and data driven, and will work together with the current administration, council, and neighboring cities to ring in the concept of regionalization to the Rio Grande Valley to create Mission alongside with our school district who is “changing the world” as “The Gateway to the World!”
Major projects Dr. O’caña voted for and accomplished while serving as a City Council, Place 3 and 4 for ten years included: Lowering property taxes, Participated in donating city land for the creation of the State of Texas Veteran’s Cemetery, Provided Infrastructure to support the creation of the Butterfly Park and the State Birding Center and establish a task force for park improvements.
Dr. O’caña has voted against: Raising Taxes, Water, garbage and sewer rates.
Dr. O’caña wants to raise minimum wage for the City of Mission to $15 and integrate the difference of the national minimum wage into all city employees’ wages and salaries.
He wants to get the best for each dollar. Dr. O’caña cites three major current concerns: continuity of traffic flow, sidewalks need improvements and revitalizing downtown.
As an educator for over 42 years, he has served as a math teacher, guidance and counseling counselor, assistant principal, principal, Alternative Center Director, Dropout Prevention Director rand now serving as and School Safety Director under Student Services with the La Joya Independent School District. He is the president of HEROS, Inc., an organization dedicated and available to City of Mission first responders during personal crisis situations such as dying in the line of duty. He cites that he serves each organization, education and La Joya ISD with distinction, honor, and dedication. He founded another nonprofit organization Red, White and Blue Foundation, Inc.
Dr. O’caña announced in his prepared statement that he is a Master Commission Firefighter, Certified Arson Investigator, Master Texas Peace Officer certificate, and a member of the South Texas Arson Response Team. He has served as a local, state, national and international, as far south as Argentina, firefighter instructor.
Dr. O’caña cites that he graduated with a Ph. D. from the University of Texas A & M at College Station, Texas in Educational Administration with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Masters and Bachelor Degrees from University of Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, Associate Degree from Texas Southmost College, High School Diploma from Mission High School and attended grade school at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School.
Dr. O’caña’s final notes in his announcement states, “the City of Mission is currently proudly reports without reservation and hesitation that he has resided 63 years with his three generations family who have resided for over 70 years in the City of Mission.”