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Document Details


Title: Salinas, Juan
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 Salinas' political activities, which included being the Administrative Assistant to the County Judge in Hidalgo County, Municipal Judge for the City of La Joya, Texas, Director of the Jobs Training Partnership Program (JPTA) in Hidalgo and Willacy counties, and the work he did for the State Comptroller, John Sharp, as his state regional representative. He talks about his style and personal philosophy of public service, how he always seeks better and more effective ways to service his constituents. Salinas recollects that he came from a family with a long history of involvement in Texas politics and he describes the role his family played in his decision to go into politics. He elaborates upon his political campaign activities and how he financed them with fundraisers and loans as well as how much he raised and spent. Salinas expresses his opinion on the most pressing issues facing Mexican Americans of which he believes the number one issue is education. He talks about inter-ethnic tensions in Texas and the United States and that he feels that Mexican American politics lacks the organization that other strong ethnic groups such as black minorities have. Salinas concludes by stating his long term objective in public service is to always be involved in the advancement of Hispanics and Chicanos by helping to improve their educational, social and political opportunities.
Extent: 35 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_081.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Salinas, Juan de Dios, 1969-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1969
Age at speaking: 29
Document location: La Joya, TX
Document date: 18-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Locations discussed: Hidalgo County, TX; La Joya, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Family; Family--History; Hidalgo County, TX; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Judges; Judges--Election; La Joya, TX; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Politicians; Texas; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000247-192