Mesquite, TX – Nov. 16, 2021 – At the Nov. 15 Mesquite City Council meeting, a ceremony was held to install the newly elected Mayor and City Councilmembers. This included Mayor Daniel Alemán, Jr. as the first Latino Mayor in the history of Mesquite, TX.
Mayor Alemán said, “I’m excited to be the first Latino Mayor of our city. I’m very proud of being a third generation Mexican American with my grandparents entering this country from Mexico. My grandfather became his own self-made businessman with a neighborhood grocery store in Austin, Texas. My parents taught us to speak English and Spanish, and that is now helping me in serving as the Mayor of a diverse community.” He also praised his soon to be 95-year-old dad Daniel Garza Alemán, who was in attendance at the installation ceremony. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War as well as a pastor for many years, Alemán called his dad his “lifelong mentor and his hero.”
In addition to Mayor Alemán, the following newly elected City Councilmembers were installed: Kenny Green, Place 2; Tandy Boroughs, Place 4; B. W. Smith, Place 5; and Debbie Anderson, Place 6.
Mayor Alemán is the Pastor of Creek Crossing Harvest Church and has been a Mesquite resident since 1998. He has served on the City Council since 2016 as well as various City advisory boards. He is active in the Mesquite community, currently serving on the Dallas Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and previously volunteering in the Poteet High School Football Mentoring Program as well as in the Mesquite Ministerial Alliance as Vice President. Born in Brownwood, Texas, Mayor Alemán graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with his wife Debbie, he has two children and five grandchildren. He said, “As the newly elected Mayor, I will continue to listen to the people. We are riding on a huge wave right now in the city. I look forward to working with our newly elected Council and our City staff as we look forward to the future, working as a team.”
Prior to the installation ceremony, the City Council passed a resolution declaring the results of the November 2, 2021, General Election and Special Election and calling a Runoff Election for the purpose of electing Councilmembers for Places 1 and 3, to be held on December 7, 2021. No candidate received a majority of votes cast for the Office of City Council, Places 1 and 3. Therefore, it is necessary to call a runoff election between Jeff Casper and David Jackson Burris for the Office of Councilmember, Place 1, and between Jennifer Vidler and Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross for the Office of Councilmember, Place 3.