Camila Chapa Mares, Republican, officially announced her bid for Atascosa County Judge when she filed with the Atascosa County Republican Party this past Saturday, Nov. 13.
“I am seeking this opportunity as I believe I have the experience, dedication, passion and commitment to serve our county,” said Mares. “I recently retired from the retail industry as a successful business leader with 35 years of proven leadership and multi-unit experience.”
Born and raised just south of downtown San Antonio, Mares is a longterm Verdi community resident of 17 years and a successful small business owner in Atascosa County where she is happily married to her husband of 17 years, Pct. 1 Constable Mike Mares. Her parents and their siblings legally migrated to Texas from Mexico at a young age where they worked hard by instilling strong family values and work ethics. One of five children, Mares graduated from St. Mary’s University (BBA ‘88), Texas A&M International University (MBA ‘95) and the University of Southern California (GCFIM ‘93). She is also a member of both St. Luke Catholic Church Loire and St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
Mares started her business career working for the largest, privately held grocery retailer in the United States for 25 years as a store director in over 10 stores, leading teams with over 300 employees. She then went to work for the largest consumer electronics corporation in the country. In her 10-year tenure, Mares was a general manager for two years, territory supply chain manager for five years and district manager for three years. She was consistently recognized and received high honors and awards for achieving profitable business growth, excellence in customer service, investing in employee training and development, reducing overall operating expenses and maximizing profitability.
With many achievements, Mares is most proud of opening new innovative stores throughout Texas. She was part of the corporate supply chain and territory leadership team responsible for acquiring consumer electronic goods for the fastest growing territory.
“Technology advancements taught and prepared me to seek new ways of doing business. I consider myself a visionary in identifying business opportunities and implemented many successful programs throughout my career that accelerated the growth of both companies,” said Mares. “I have the expertise and knowledge it takes to be the county leader.”
Throughout her retail career, Mares was:
– Responsible for budget execution, analyzing and capitalizing profit and loss statements, asset protection, training and development of teams and being a servant leader to her customers and associates;
– Worked on many project management teams by collaborating with corporate executives and local leadership teams, and;
– Engaged in daily problem solving at all levels by being instrumental in providing effective coaching to our teams so they could come up with proactive solutions. This is an extremely important skill to successfully lead the commissioners court and county department heads.
“I strongly believe that the county judge should have very strong interpersonal, communication and motivational skills that will lead our county commissioners and county departments. Most importantly, the county judge should possess high integrity, honesty and conservative values to ensure fairness and equal opportunity for all county business negotiations,” said Mares. “I commit to preserving all of the great endeavors this county has already accomplished and will focus on ensuring our tax dollars are invested in the right areas and for the right reasons. I will hold the county teams and myself accountable to providing transparent, open and honest communication in line with governmental codes.”
Mares is running against fellow Republican candidate Weldon P. Cude for the office of Atascosa County Judge. Please see her ad below.
The filing period for county, district and statewide offices ends at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13. Please contact your respective party chair to file for a place on the primary ballot as follows:
– Republican Chair Wayne S. Vaughn at 830- 534-3912, firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing in applications to P.O. Box 1983, Lytle, TX 78052. For in-person appointments, please go to 15117 Adams St. in Lytle.
– Democratic Chair Julie Hilberg at 210-728-6461 or email@example.com.
Early Voting for the March 1 primary begins Feb. 4, 2022. Among the statewide offices on the ballot are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, agriculture commissioner, land commissioner, railroad commissioner and seven states on the state board of education.