Voters across District 4 elected Dr. Elba Garcia to the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 2010, 2014, and again in 2018.
Dr. Garcia has the support of voters in District 4 because they appreciate the way she seeks input from her constituents. They appreciate how she listens to what they have to say. And, they appreciate how she makes certain that the county serves everyone who calls District 4 home.
Dr. Garcia has demonstrated her commitment to her community while never taking a raise in salary in her 10 years as Commissioner and refusing the car allowance. She has also donated over $100,000 of her commissioner's salary to charitable and civic organizations.
"I knew what the job paid when I ran for it. And I never got an allowance when I was growing up. I'm not going to take one now." - Elba Garcia
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Dallas County Commissioner, District 4, since 2010 Dallas City Councilperson, District 1, 2001-2009 (Elected Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem by her peers) Dentist, private practice since 1998 Former assistant professor at Baylor College of Dentistry
Chair, Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board Chair, DWI Task Force Chair, Public Employee Benefits Cooperative Chair of the County Facilities Committee Board Member, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority Board Member, Public Employee Benefits Cooperative Board Member, Prostitute Diversion Initiative Alternate, Regional Transportation Committee
2020 Chris Howell Foundation – Faithful Service Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 AEM Dallas Fort Worth Chapter – Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 Unlocking DOORS – Susan McHenry Golden Key Award 2019 Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – 2018 Public Servant of the Year 2018 WBE Hall of Fame – Leadership Advocacy Award 2018 Community Council – Community Impact Civic Leader Award 2018 Women of Wisdom – Elite News 2018 Grand Prairie United Charities – Community Impact Award 2018 City of Dallas Parks and Recreation – Empowerment of Women 2017 It’s Going to Be OK – Shaniya Davis Human Rights Award Texas Assn. of Mexican-American CofCs – Govt. Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year 2016 Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation – Living Legend Award 2015 America’s Blood Centers – It’s About Life. Blood Drive Award IGNITE – Trailblazer Award 2014 DCET/Believe in Yourself, Inc. – Silent Hero Azteca Award Dress for Success Dallas – Inspirational Leader Award Greater SW Black Chamber of Commerce – Woman of Distinction Leadership Award Keep Irving Beautiful – Green Government Award Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation – August Héroe en la Comunidad 2013 Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Los Amigos Philanthropy Award Dallas County Democratic Party – Democratic Elected Official of the Year Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau – High Tea With High Heels Award 2012 Mi Escuelita – Hero Award Stonewall Democrats – Distinguished Service Award Telemundo – Hispanic Business Salute Texas Democratic Party – Rising Star Award Immigrant Journey Awards – Immigrant Spirit Award Natl. Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – President Award 2011 Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – Public Servant of the Year League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) – District 3 – Woman of the Year Low Birth Weight Development Center – Awards of Hope 2011 Visionary Leader 2010 Stonewall Democrats – Democrat of the Year
Awards earned while on the Dallas City Council
American Assoc. of Univ. Women (AAUW) – AAUW 100 Women of Distinction Award
American Jewish Congress – Women of Spirit Award
Aspen Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program selection
Dallas Can Academy – Most Outstanding Community Leader
Dallas Film Commission – Advocacy in Film Award
Dallas Fire and Rescue – Recognition Award
Dallas Observer – Best Dallas City Council Member (2002, 2005)
El Centro College – Outstanding Alumnus Award
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Chairman’s Award (2004, 2005, 2008)
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Chairman’s Leadership Award
Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) – OHTLI Award
McDonald’s® – Salute to Local Leaders Hispanic Faces of Leadership
Northeast Texas Library System – Government Official of the Year
Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – Best Oak Cliff Public Servant Award
Oak Cliff Tribune – Citizen of the Year Award
Rotary Club of Dallas & Safer Dallas/Better Dallas – Citizens Public Safety Award
Texas Animal Control Association – Presidential Citation
Texas Can Academy – Motherhood Lifetime Achievement Award
Women’s Council of Dallas County – Woman of the Year
Achievements on the Dallas County Commissioners Court (2011 – Present)
As Chair of the County Facilities Committee led efforts that reduced deferred maintenance from $100 million to less than $15 million.
Led the charge to have all Commissioners Court proceedings videotaped so taxpayers could see who was in attendance at meetings and how the commissioners voted on the issues before them
Approved (with bi-partisan support) a ‘Ban the Box’ hiring policy for Dallas County, which increases employment opportunities for qualified job applicants who were formerly discouraged from applying
Secured funds for the construction and expansion of trails throughout District 4
Selected to lead and spearheaded the renovation of the Dallas County Records Building complex
Saved taxpayers millions of dollars by fixing the county’s bail bond system
Championed and approved funding for a new Animal Cruelty unit created by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office
Spearheaded the disparity study and efforts to create the county’s first SBE program – the first step toward building a stronger Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) program for the future
Approved updating of the county’s purchasing and ethics policies
Accelerated completion of long-delayed Hunter-Ferrell Road in Irving and Grand Prairie
First Latina elected to the court
Achievements on the Dallas City Council (2001 – 2009)
Secured funds for Latino Cultural Center
Spearheaded development for new Dallas Animal Services center
Led development of new Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Collaborated with city’s Environmental Committee to institute LEED standards for all City of Dallas buildings
Unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas and, later, Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas, making her the first Latina to hold either position
I want to thank all the residents of Commissioner District 4 for your support over the last 10 years. We have spent the past year working hard to create free COVID-19 testing sites, helping people register to be vaccinated, developing programs to support small businesses and offer rental assistance for those affected by the pandemic as well as supporting local food pantries so that they can provide relief in our community. We also continued to ``taking care of business`` building trails, breaking ground on new County facilities and improving current facilities, working with our cities on transportation projects, and planning a better future for all the residents of Dallas County.
Thank you again! It has been an honor to serve you and continue our mission to create a better more equitable Dallas County. Saludos,
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