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Document Details


Title: Martinez, Walter
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: The interview begins with a discussion of the Martíinez family history and genealogy. Martínez gives details about his work as a state legislative aide to Representative Joe Hernández, and tells why, after nine years working for him, he decided to run for state representative. Martínez talks about the challenges he faced as an elected state representative, and he tells why he decided to run for the San Antonio City Council. Martínez talks about important issues he pursued as councilman such as getting a city policy established on equal opportunity for minority small business contractors in San Antonio. He describes the administrations of mayors Henry Cisneros, Nelson Wolff, and Lila Cockrell, and he gives his opinion on the effectiveness of each of these mayors as leaders and mentors. Martínez elaborates upon how he raised money to finance his various election campaigns. He talks about why he wanted to run for county commissioner and he describes the events that led to his failed election attempt. He gives reasons that he decided to seek the position of Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman. Martínez concludes the interview with a discussion of issues he sees as important to Mexican American interests.
Extent: 79 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_028.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Martinez, Walter, 1951-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1951
Age at speaking: 45
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 23-Jun-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas. State Legislature
Locations discussed: North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: City council members--Texas; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas. State Legislature; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000219-166