About Mario

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    Mario Bravo, a multi-generation Texan, has established himself as a leader in the environmental policy community. A product of public school education, he decided early on to devote his life to civic engagement. Coming from a family of construction laborers, educators and military service members, Mario learned early on the importance of hard work. From an early age he helped his family and learned how to operate a jackhammer, dig ditches, and tend a garden, while also excelling in school. It was from this upbringing that his commitment to his community and service was cultivated.
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    With the encouragement of his parents and siblings, Mario graduated from Clark High School and took advantage of a scholarship to start college early, pursuing a degree in history with a minor in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. He was introduced to the world of policy and politics while in Austin. Under the mentorship of a political activist and civil rights lawyer, he ventured into political campaigns. Mario served in various roles on judicial, state representative, mayoral, issue-based, and presidential races. His experience on campaigns solidified his beliefs in the democratic process and the importance of electing individuals to office who reflect the values of the communities in which they serve.
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    Inspired by his campaign work and a desire to learn how to craft and implement effective policy, Mario took his experience to the next level and pursued a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 2014. He then began working for the Environmental Defense Fund as their TX Outreach Specialist and returned to his home town of San Antonio. His mission is to increase awareness of and public engagement around improving our air quality and reducing our impact on climate change. Some of his accomplishments include helping to successfully advocate for our community to begin developing a climate action and adaptation plan and adding an air quality monitor to the west side of San Antonio.
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    Having a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of environmental, public health, economic development and education issues, Mario believes the county can and should be doing more in the service of our community. Mario will bring his experience, focus, and hard work ethic to the Bexar County Commissioners Court and move us toward the prosperous future we deserve. Mario is a New Leaders Council San Antonio 2017 Fellow and serves as the Advocacy Board Chair for the US Green Building Council South Texas Chapter.

Mario's Values

  • Create a community that supports health. Not all healthcare is delivered at the hospital. Many other factors in our lives play a larger role in influencing our health, including education, job opportunities, housing stability, and access to transportation. Focusing on improving these fundamental issues helps improve the health of our county and all of us. This also makes economic sense as it drives down healthcare costs paid for by county taxpayers. Our biggest opportunity to improve both the quality of life and the health of our county is to address the inequality that exists throughout our county.

    Promote the Affordable Care Act. President Trump is attempting to undermine the Affordable Care Act. He cut the time to enroll in half and gutted the budget to inform the public on when and how to enroll. Not only does this shortchange our county’s health, it also leaves Bexar County tax payers footing the bill for residents who did not sign up for health insurance. We must be more proactive in enrolling eligible residents to help keep our community healthy and protect our tax dollars.

    Protect our air quality. Every week one San Antonio resident dies prematurely due to our high air pollution levels. Bexar County has the highest rate in the state of children who end up in the emergency room for asthma attacks. We can’t rely on Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency – we must take local action to improve our air quality. It’s time to give this issue the attention and resources that it deserves.

  • Get big money out of politics. End the pay to play system for receiving contracts from the Commissioners Court. It is time to use our tax dollars efficiently by creating a competitive bidding process with more transparency. No more sweetheart contracts for friendly donors.

    Create term limits. Time spent serving in office helps elected officials develop experience and working knowledge to better serve their constituents. But too much time in office allows politicians who were once hard working and responsive to become complacent and consolidate more power than is healthy for democracy. This isn’t good for our community, and we need to institute rules to prevent it from happening.

    Choose good partners. The Commissioners Court awards contracts using our tax dollars. We should not do business with companies that have a history of discriminatory practices, human rights abuses, or mistreating their employees.  Our tax dollars should be spent in ways that reflect our values.

    Pay our people. The West Side comprises a critical part of our labor force. We do the work to build this county and keep it running. But our people can’t provide for themselves and their families if they are paid low wages by county contractors. It is time for all major county taxpayer-funded contracts to require contractors to pay a living wage.

  • Take an active role in climate change. San Antonio, CPS Energy, and UTSA have embarked on the development of a community climate action and adaptation plan, but Bexar County has been absent from this project. It’s time for our county government to show up and contribute to the process.

    Fix our flood infrastructure. Learn from Houston and the other 38 counties that were struck with severe flooding by Hurricane Harvey.  Improve our drainage infrastructure and be proactive about smart development that doesn’t put downhill neighbors at greater risk. Update our flood maps using the latest rainfall data.

    Protect our water. As our county continues to grow, ensure that we do so in a way that is sustainable, protecting and preserving the Edwards Aquifer, its springs, and watersheds.

  • We deserve to feel safe. safe in our home, safe in our neighborhood, and safe in our county.  Collaborate with our Sheriff’s department and local police departments to ensure our communities get the protection they deserve.

    Focus on reducing crime, not filling jails. We need to work with law enforcement to reduce crime while supporting restorative justice programs. Empower neighborhood leaders to intervene in young people’s lives to reduce the school to prison pipeline.

    Protect all residents. Criminals sometimes target undocumented immigrants because they may be afraid to call the police. Over time, these criminals refine their skills and become braver, moving on to more challenging targets like you and me. When we don’t protect our neighbors, we don’t protect ourselves. We need to help all residents feel safe in reporting crime and give law enforcement every opportunity to pursue violent criminals. We need to push back against any state efforts to require our local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws.

    Reduce gun violence. Promote public dialog that works toward common sense gun laws. Support efforts to prevent persons convicted of violent crimes and those with mental illness from purchasing guns. Collect gun violence data and publish statistics for the public to view and analyze.  

    Reduce sexual violence and promote a culture of respect. Create a task force to ensure that sex crimes are being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Work with the community to promote education and awareness around a culture of respect and provide support for victims of sex crimes.

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