We demand a People’s Port! The Port of Corpus Christi Commissioners are unelected and unaccountable.
Too many Commissioners are oil and gas executives, bankers, lawyers, and business owners with a financial stake in the Port. Their decisions affect all our lives — our health, our environment, our economy — and yet they put their own financial interests first! We need independent, community-minded Commissioners who will put the public good above private profit.
Two Port Commissioners will be appointed near the end of 2022 — one by Corpus Christi and one by Nueces County. We call on them to appoint a community representative who will push the Port to work for the greater good. If they refuse, then they should support state legislation to allow the people to vote to elect our Port Commissioners directly.
Please join us and urge the Corpus Christi City Council and Nueces County Commissioners Court to appoint People’s Port Commissioners that actually represents the community — not another oil and gas executive, banker, or lawyer.
We deserve and demand a Port that defends public health, protects the environment, and creates green jobs!
1. Defend Public Health
2. Protect the Environment and the Bays
3. Create Green Jobs
4. Diversify the Local Economy
5. Ensure Public Safety
6. Be Accountable to the Public
7. Promote Responsible Development
8. Fight for Future Generations
Armon Alex has close to a decade of experience working with and leading environmental and conservation non-profits both internationally and in Texas. Armon is a member of the Board of Directors for EarthEcho International, a Science Communications TedTalk speaker, and the Co-Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit. Armon also serves as the Vice-Chair of Mayor Guajardo's Environmental Task Force. Armon is a current undergraduate student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi studying Science Communications & Public Relations.
Dr. Isabel Araiza was born and raised in Corpus Christi. She's a sociologist at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Dr. Araiza has conducted Community Health Needs Assessments for hospital systems in the Coastal Bend Region since 2010. She is also a co-founder and core group member of For the Greater Good, a local group that successfully fought against budget cuts to the city libraries and the closing of Broadmoore senior community center, that adopted Carroll Lane Park, and that advocates for enhancing the quality of life of all our community members.
Sylvia Campos has lived in Corpus Christi all her life. Sylvia built a career as a Medical Billing and Medicaid Specialist fighting for health care providers and patients. Sylvia currently serves as the Vice Chair of Membership for the League of Women Voters of Corpus Christi and previously served on the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department Board and the Trees Advisory Committee. Sylvia is a core member of For the Greater Good and waters the trees in Carol Lane Park every Sunday.
Eddie Canales was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Eddie has decades of experience advocating for human rights for all, including economic, racial, and environmental justice. Eddie currently serves as the Executive Director of the South Texas Human Rights Center where he works to prevent the deaths of migrants and change harmful immigration policies. Eddie is a member of Mayor Guajardo’s Environmental Task Force.
Eli McKay is a local homeowner and has lived in Corpus Christi for over ten years. Eli currently works as a Field Organizer for NextGen America, one of the largest voter registration organizations in the country, helping to engage the public in the democratic process. Eli is an At Large Member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. Eli has 17 years of retail experience and cares deeply about increasing working-class representation in government. In 2020, Eli ran for the Corpus Christi City Council in District 1.
Love Sanchez was born and raised in Corpus Christi. She is the mother of two boys who both attend local public schools. Love is a co-founding member of the Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend and a member of the Karankawa Kadla Gulf Coast Tribe of Texas. She received her Bachelors in Communications and her Masters in Public Administration from the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Love previously served on the City of Corpus Christi Ethics Commission.
Lamont Taylor is an urban planner with 39 years of experience in transportation and 25 years in human resources. Lamont has served as the Co Chair of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, the President of the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Co Chair of the City of Corpus Christi Planning Commission. Lamont currently serves as the Vice President of the Hillcrest Neighborhood Association and a Board Member of the Citizens Alliance for Fairness and Progress. Lamont has a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University.
The Corpus Christi City Council voted in December 2021 to appoint a Commissioner to the Port of Corpus Christi and failed to consider even one the great community leaders who applied.
Fill out the form below and we'll let the City Council know that you are disappointed in their vote. It's time to either appoint a People's Port Commissioner or let the people vote!