Throughout history, we have seen Political Leaders attempt to pit us against one another based on race, socioeconomic status, gender, anything to divide us and conquer. Unlike many who have come before him in the world of politics, Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Commissioner of Precinct 4 since 2014 and member of La Prensa Texas’ Board of Directors, seeks to undo the division in the city and beyond by building bridges for all in our society.
Son of Tommy “T.C.” Calvert, a veteran organizer, activist, business entrepreneur, and visionary, Commissioner Calvert has the warrior spirit of community activism running through his veins. By the age of 15, Calvert was writing a column, The Watchdog Report, for The Observer. By the age of 21, he was leading the American Anti-Slavery Group where he fought against modern day slavery and human trafficking with a focus in Sudan and Burma. Prior to being elected as Commissioner, Calvert had an undercover news investigator program on MSNBC, and a book deal with Simon and Schuster. Running for Commissioner was not the plan. I once heard someone say that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. Calvert’s fate was always set. All of his accomplishments and downturns led him here, exactly where we needed him. In all honesty, a 400 word article will not do his international and local achievements justice.
Unity is oftentimes left out of political conversation. Commissioner Calvert, however, is building bridges para todos. “I have tried to show equal respect and love, and fight for all people. And I did that as a human rights leader…going into countries where I wasn’t Sudanese, but I risked my life to free slaves in Sudan. I wasn’t Burmese, but I risked my life to help free Burma. And so, that’s what I want to do: help all people because we’re really one race. We’re really the human race,” comments Calvert, Dean of Commissioners Court, with genuine sincerity, which he turns into action.
“A lot of leaders don’t empower and educate those they seek to lead. So, I seek to lead the whole community. That includes the business community, their neighborhoods, the school, the churches. So when I come pushing policy, I come pushing policy that is best for the majority of all involved,” states Calvert.
Todos aqui, junotos, are all the better for it. We reap what we sow, and Commissioner Calvert continues to fight the good fight and plant seeds daily.
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