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Commissioner Calvert featured in Express-News Texas Power Broker Series

Written by on July 16, 2018


Bexar County Commissioner Pct. 4 and General Manger of Community Radio Tommy Calvert, Jr. was featured today in the San Antonio Express-News as part of their Texas Power Brokers series.

“County Commissioner Tommy Calvert’s political career began during his childhood, when his father brought him to public meetings about crime, drainage and other topics most kids would scoff at. Instead, Calvert became fascinated. By his teens he was a public speaker with a passion for racial justice and improving the lot of those who live on the East Side,” wrote Richard Webner, Staff Writer for the Express-News who sat down with the Commissioner for a Q&A session.

While revealing some personal facts about the Commissioner such as his hobbies and where he most recently vacationed, the interviewed focused on his steadfast governance on Commissioner’s Court and the path leading him to the historic elected position he holds.

“East Side residents say they’re frustrated by the lack of retail options. How can we fix that?,” asked Webner.

Commissioner Calverts response, “Retail follows rooftops, meaning you have to have the disposable income for a company to look at your census tracts and say, “I have a market.” That’s part of the reason I focus so much on housing, housing, housing first for economic development, because you have to bring the middle-class back to the East Side so that you have a diversified market. It doesn’t mean you force the poor and the working-class out.”

Click the link for the full feature on Commissioner Calvert.


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