Ports-to-Plains Alliance Board Member
Mayor of Eagle Pass
100 S. Monroe St.
Eagle Pass , TX 78852
Mayor Ramsey English Cantu was elected to the Eagle Pass City Council on May 13, 2006 leaving an impressionable mark in Eagle Pass History as the youngest individual ever to be elected to the Council at the early age of 22. A life-long resident of Eagle Pass, Texas Mayor Cantu is the son of Raul "Pecas" Cantu and Byrdie English Cantu. He is the grandson of the late Tomas Cantu Flores and Rosa Cantu Galindo and the late Walter Willis English and Elvira Saucedo English. Cantu graduated from Southwest Texas Junior College with an Associates of Arts degree in education in 2004 and attended Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College here in Eagle Pass with his studies focused in Political Science.
Mayor Cantu is an active parishioner of Our Lady of Refuge Church and in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese; he is a strong and sincere advocate for all citizens in our community. For the past 17 years, Cantu has been a volunteer for the Teleton Navideño, a non-profit organization. Cantu actively participates in collecting funds that in turn help out our citizens who are financially burdened and in need of emergency financial assistance to pay for basic life necessities, e.g., medical care and/or utility expenses. Since 2003 Mayor Cantu has served as president of this wonderful organization. This year the Teleton Navideño raised over $60,000.00 for OUR community.
Mayor Cantu’s commitment and civic responsibility to his community are evident in the organizations that he supports and actively participates in our community. He was appointed by the American Cancer Society Governmental Affairs Division to serve as an Ambassador for our congressional district to join other congressional leaders and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. at the 2006 "Celebration on the Hill" to lobby and obtain additional funding in the race to find a cure for cancer. In addition, he is the Board Chairman for the Community Action Social Services & Education (CASSE) organization whose sole purpose is to provide assistance to citizens of Eagle Pass who are undergoing financial hardships.
He also served as a board member for the Camino Real Mental Health, Mental Retardation Center (MHMR) from 2006 to 2010. He promotes awareness to our public library as a Library Foundation Trustee by raising funds and using funds raised to promote literacy and provide our citizens and young children with adequate research and educational resources. As a board member of the Eagle Pass Art’s Council, Mayor Cantu joins the effort to bring culture and awareness to our City. He also volunteers his time promoting literacy with the Eagle Pass Independent School District.
Mayor Cantu not only believes in a strong community commitment he also believes in a strong regional commitment to better serve and improve the quality of life for all border residents. This is seen in his partnership with other Border Mayors through the Texas Border Coalition. Mayor Cantu Serves as the Chairman Elect of this organization and looks forward to the continued partnerships of all border communities working together towards one goal. Cantu, serves as a Commission Member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Border 2012 initiative. This Commission ensures border air, water & land quality for our residents. He also serves as a Board of Director for the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and represents the nine county board at a state level on the Texas Association of
Regional Councils Board of Directors. Recognizing the importance of regional representation we must all know that one person can make a difference but together we can do so much more. Apart from all his involvement in the community he is also employed with The Herring Law Firm, PC.
Mayor Cantu has strived for success and has worked hard to assure many in our community anything can be done if you put your mind to it. He has made history not only once by being elected as the youngest City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem at the early age of 22 but also as the youngest Eagle Pass Mayor at the age of 26. His strong community commitment can be seen through his recent win as the 2011 Eagle Pass Business Journal Awards Public Representative of the Year.
In closing, Mayor Cantu states "My family roots and history go back four generations in this City and I feel blessed to have been raised in Eagle Pass. I was brought up with strong morals and values and I am now using those morals and values instilled upon me to better serve and promote our great City. I will work hard to make city government accessible to residents and help them take advantage of the various programs and projects the city has to offer. "I want residents to access City Hall and its resources. After all, these services are here for them." In addition to making the city more accessible to residents, Mayor Cantu wants to maintain and enhance revitalization efforts in this city, as well as focus on programs for youth and senior citizens. More importantly, he plans to continue meeting with residents to find out about their concerns and issues. By personally meeting with residents, he says, he will be able to determine which issues and projects will take priority. Mayor Cantu concludes by saying, "I am honored and humbled to represent this great city of Eagle Pass and I want residents to know that I am accessible to them. I want to meet with them and work on the issues of our City’s neighborhoods as a team".