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On The Record: Richard Torres

For this episode of On The Record, we speak with Richard Torres, Chair of the Williamson County Democratic Party.

How did you get started in politics? Did you come to it in your youth or later on?

I became involved in California when the Democrats were running against Reagan between 1968 and 1970. I then went to Arizona to work on the governor’s race. I didn’t become involved until 1969 to due military obligations. I didn’t have the time to focus on politics until then.

What would you say are the primary issues concerning Williamson County?

There are several issues in Williamson County. The toll roads and Trans-Texas Corridor are big issues over here. The roads will impose on 55,000 acres of territory, and the issue of eminent domain is pressing. Another issue for our area, and all of Texas, is education. Education is an issue now and for the future. We are also concerned with voting issues which include the use of corrupt voting machines. This is a GOTV problem for the area as well.

Who are some of your political heroes?

I admire the political accomplishments of President Clinton. His personal problems were unfortunate, because he is a great leader. I admire Roosevelt in the 30s and 40s and his accomplishments.

I recently met Bernard Rappaport and realized the amazing accomplishments he’s made for Democrats in Texas and across the nation.
When I met him, he was extremely charismatic and enjoyable. I really do admire the work he has accomplished for the Democratic Party.

What one thing would you say a political organization never has enough of?

The two most important parts of running a successful organization are funds and volunteers.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in politics?

This country's Constitution carries on. Whether we’re dealing with a good President or a bad one, like now, the Constitution prohibits them from disrupting the fundamentals of government. It seemed Bush almost made the Constitution disappear in our society, but because it’s strong, it has prevailed.

Do you have any ambition for higher office? Do you have plans to run for any other party office, or possibly even public office?

I have held public office before on the city council, but I am not currently seeking to run for any position through the party or the public at this time.



Not the City Manager

No, this is not the Assistant City Manager from North Richland Hills. N. Richland Hills is located in Tarrant County. Richard is in Williamson County serving as their County Chair, an easy mistake, though, and unfortunate for Mr. Torres in Williamson County.

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