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Document Details


Title: Montalvo, Leo
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: Montalvo recalls his successful political campaign against incumbent McAllen mayor Othal Brand and the subsequent suit brought by Brand for a recount. He discusses McAllen voting patterns and statistics, his opinion of why Brand lost the race, the characteristics of Mexican American voters in McAllen, and the growth of Mexican American political power. Montalvo also describes the composition of the McAllen city commission, the structure of city government, and the city's electoral districts and voter distribution. After briefly relating his experience as a school math teacher and assistant principal he shares his introduction to politics; in describing his unsuccessful campaigns for political office in the 1970s Montalvo sheds light on the formation of La Raza Unida party in the area. He explains how he came to be elected to the city commission in 1983 and reveals attitudes toward La Raza Unida party. Montalvo provides details of his family history and information about his siblings, wife and children. He describes instances of discrimination against Mexican Americans and credits education and the rise of a Mexican American professional class with breaking barriers and increasing Mexican American political representation. Montalvo ends by talking of issues in the Rio Grande Valley.
Extent: 52 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_128.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Montavlo, Leo, 1943-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Jun-1943
Speaker place of birth: Mexico; North America
Age at speaking: 54
Document location: McAllen, TX
Document date: 20-Dec-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Locations discussed: McAllen, TX; Mexico; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Children; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Law; Law firms; Law--Texas; Lawyers; Marriage; Mayors--United States; McAllen, TX; Mexico; North America; Practice of law; Texas; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000225-171