Texas Insider Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – “Gov. Perry has upheld his proven track record in bringing Texas to the forefront of the global economy, having helped provide the people of this city & state the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper,” said former mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza, endorsing Gov. Rick Perry today at a grassroots event in San Antonio.
“His leadership and conservative principles are what cities need to grow economically and remain competitive in today’s market. These values are to be emulated as they foster an environment that welcomes jobs and success. I cannot think of a better governor for Texas and it brings me great joy to endorse Gov. Perry in this year’s general election.”
Ed Garza served eight years as an elected public official. In 2001 at the age of 32, Garza became San Antonio’s youngest mayor in modern times. He served two terms and prior to that served two terms as a City Council representative.
Garza was elected in an unprecedented fashion by garnering a cross-section of political, geographic and socio-economic support; based on his platform of sustainable economic growth, modernization of the city’s governance structure and balance growth for the city’s under-invested southern sector.
His efforts helped bring Toyota to invest more than $1 billion in San Antonio’s economy and create more than 5,000 jobs in a new manufacturing facility in south San Antonio.
Mayor Garza has been featured in Texas Monthly, Urban Land Magazine, and CNN and listed in Hispanic Business magazine as a “most influential” Hispanic leader.
“It is a great honor to receive Mayor Garza’s support in this year’s general election,” said Gov. Perry.
“Mayor Garza has made a remarkable and lasting impact on the city of San Antonio. His vision of improving and expanding education and economic development has allowed San Antonio to flourish. Partnering with the state, Mayor Garza was instrumental in helping bring Toyota’s manufacturing facility to the city’s south side, an addition of more than 5,000 high paying jobs,” said Perry
With the addition of the new Texas A&M University campus, Gov. Perry has proposed the implementation of several education initiatives. Among them, a four year tuition freeze for universities, locking in the tuition a student pays as an incoming freshman for the next four years and the expansion of the Virtual School Network so that students who do not attend a brick and mortar high school can receive dual credit opportunities and graduate.