Voice of the Conservative Vote: Dora Alcala
by TexasGOPVote on February 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Dora G. Alcala is running for State Representative for Texas House District 74. Dora is the former Mayor of the City of Del Rio, Texas. She was sworn in May 9, 2000 and was the first woman elected Mayor in the history of Del Rio. She served three terms. In her previous career, she worked as a Management Consultant and motivational speaker for her company, Alcala & Associates, which she formed after her retirement. She served 37 years as a civilian for the Department of Defense, United States Air Force, and worked in the area of Human Resources Management, Financial Management, Education and Equal Employment Opportunity.
Career Highlights: In 1990, Dora received a presidential appointment from President George H. W. Bush as the Deputy for Equal Opportunity for the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Senior Executive. During her assignments in the Human Resources Management area, she worked at Kelly and Randolph AFB (San Antonio, TX). Her career in HRM continued as Director of Personnel in Madrid, Spain and Kirtland AFB (Albuquerque, NM). Other assignments continued at Maxwell/Gunter AFB (Montgomery Al), the Pentagon in Washington, DC and finally at Patrick AFB in Coco Beach, Fl where she retired and returned back home to Del Rio, TX.
Family Background: Dora was born in Del Rio, Texas. She is the eldest of six children born to Antonio & Elisa Gonzalez. Her parents, first generation Mexican-Americans, were great believers in educating their children, although they had only attended school up to the second grade. They succeeded, with much sacrifice, in educating all their children. Today, all of the Gonzalez siblings have college degrees, including a Doctorate’s degree. As a young girl, Dora traveled to California with the family to work in the fields as migrant workers. When the work in California was over, they would travel back to Texas to pick the cotton fields. After all the migrant’s work was over, they would return to Del Rio in the middle of the school semester. My father’s famous words, when we were working in the fields, were: “If you don’t want to spend the rest of your lives working in the fields, you must never forget how hard it is to do manual labor, and when we get back home, you must always study hard and get the best education you can.”
Education: Dora has a Masters degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, a Bachelor of Arts degree (Cum Laude) from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX. and a Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Jr. College in Uvalde, TX. She is also a graduate of Air University’s Academic Instructor’s School and later became the Director of the Center for Professional Development in Montgomery, Alabama.
"While serving as Mayor of Del Rio, Texas, I traveled throughout our state and was frustrated by how underserved our rural communities are. Funding for education, health, transportation, infrastructure and economic development are as important in our communities as they are in the metropolitan areas, yet they remain underfunded. As State Representative for District 74, I know I can do something about it."