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20121127 PENITAS JR Flores new councilmember AF  0006PEÑITAS—Jose Roel “J.R.” Flores has been chosen as the newest addition to the City of Peñitas Council, and as a new member Flores is excited to push safety and business growth in the expanding city.

Flores moved to Peñitas in 2002 with his wife and two children. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and engineering.

Currently, Flores works as the La Joya Independent School District (ISD) Director of Migrant Services. He explained he originally got his start with La Joya ISD as a mathematics teacher.

“I used to teach math at La Joya when it only had one high school…I also became a counselor with the district for around 12 years,” Flores said.

The director has gained experience with Peñitas through his time spent on the Planning and Zoning Committee for the city over the last five years. He was also invited by Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia to take part in the Hidalgo County Drainage Advisory Committee.

“I had the privilege of being nominated as the chair for the committee (Planning and Zoning) during my first year as a member,” Flores said.

With experience in owning a construction business, Flores said he is ready to see Peñitas grow and attract further economic development.

“I want to have an impact on the area, we want to attract businesses to the area because Peñitas has a lot of potential,” Flores said. “I’d like to eventually see a shopping center, a theater or something to offer a new dining experience.”

The new council member will be sworn in at the next City of Peñitas council meeting on Dec. 5.

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