Pasadena, TX

UHCL Student Jonathan Estrada Elected to Pasadena City Council

Jessica Yang

HOUSTON, TX - Jonathan Estrada, a UHCL student from the Bachelor of Science program in Public Service Leadership, was elected to Pasadena City Council District E In June.

He wants to apply theories he learned from UHCL into practice. Estrada said that his interest grew as he learned more about the program which prepares students to begin their careers as public service professionals.

As a native of Pasadena, Estrada explained how he ran for the city council because of his personal connection with the city and his passion for work in local government. And he just realized that all was well when he read about the course he was about to take at UHCL.

Estrada mentioned how it all began with his worries about how things were going in his district. And as things were not getting done, he became disappointed with the way local government works. There are lots of people who were feeling abandoned and many incomplete infrastructure projects.

He immediately decided to act when he saw an empty seat on the council. Estrada asked himself who else is more passionate about this opportunity and would work hard if not himself.

Estrada's campaign is about improvement in streets, sidewalks, drainage, and get curbside recycling to his district. According to him, besides his district, other areas in Pasadena have curbside recycling. And that shows service inequities in the city which he feels responsible for.

In addition to his election, Estrada has served for the City of Houston as the regulatory compliance coordinator, working in other Harris County departments, and also the Precinct 404 Chair in Pasadena.

On July 1, he was sworn by Associate Judge Jim Evans and has attended two board meetings, several neighborhood association groups, and actively meets with department directors to discuss his priorities.

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