By Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia
When I first took office, my goal was to build a Community Relations team featuring liaisons who would represent the various areas of Precinct 2, act as a direct line to our office, and whenever needed, assist our residents in getting help. Considering the massive geographic size of Precinct 2, and the varied concerns that come from all corners, I rely on these liaisons to be my eyes, ears, and action on the ground.
The East Aldine community is one of my highest priorities because previously it was an area that had been forgotten by those in charge of serving it. That’s why when I found Selina Valdez to be our Aldine community liaison, I was thrilled to have her on our team. Selina’s connection to Aldine runs deep. Even if not on my staff, she would still be advocating and serving the people Aldine, as this is the area she has called home from birth.
Selina’s Aldine roots are deep: she attended Johnson Elementary when the campus was off Hamill Rd, went to Hambrick Jr. High and MacArthur High School, and she’s lived here ever since.
In speaking with her, Selina says she views her community liaison role as being a direct extension from my office to the community. With her ears to the ground, she has a handle on all that’s going on in the area. She shines a light on issues and helps our local neighborhoods know they’re being heard. Selina will tell you without a pause, that she’s proud that her community has embraced the improvements my team has implemented, like repaved roads, new sidewalks built, ditches dug, stormwater detention basins excavated and even the striping on Sellers Road.