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Mayor Susie Houston

Laguna Vista is aptly named "Gateway to the Bay," because it is the jewel on the Laguna Madre. We live in a wonderful community, where neighbors know each other, and children can still ride their bikes down the street; where we can celebrate the 4th of July with a parade and a picnic by the bay; where we can have live music overlooking the beautiful Laguna Madre.

Born and raised in Waco, Texas, I attended Baylor University where I met my husband Herb. We married and moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1976, and I completed my education at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg.

I received a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1978 and a Master's in Education in 1979. In addition to the 23 years I have taught in the Point Isabel Independent School District, I also taught in Mission and McAllen.

In addition to teaching, my husband, a builder/broker, and I have proudly raised three children in the Lower Laguna Madre area. Our daughter, Taylor, is a Tech Sergeant in the Air Force and currently stationed in San Antonio. Taylor is married to Nathaniel Meno of Guam, who is also in the Air Force. We have one granddaughter, Kennedy, and a grandson, Kellen. Trey, our oldest son, is with the Corpus Christi Fire Department, and Tyler, our youngest, is a student at the University of Texas Brownsville.

I have an extensive record of public service with numerous community non-profits, such as Leadership Laguna Madre, Laguna Madre Boys' and Girls' Club, Laguna Madre Habitat for Humanity, and Lower Valley Cotillion, just to name a few. I am also a proud graduate of Leadership Laguna Madre Class I. I have been an active member of Island Baptist Church since 1988, where I have taught and led Bible studies for children, teenagers, and adults.

My experience, along with a firm grounding in our community, has taught me that we have so very much to be proud of in our community. I believe that everyone can work together for the greater good of our community, to make it an even better place to call home. I look forward as your Mayor to work with the citizens of Laguna Vista.

Phone: (956) 433-6001

Council Member, Place 1 - Mike Carter



Council Member, Place 2 - Johvonne Hernandez Howard

Johvonne Hernandez Howard was elected to represent the City Council of Laguna Vista in May 2017. During her time on City Council, she has been a champion for public health, open and transparent government and inclusivity for all residents.

A life-long resident of Laguna Vista, Johvonne Howard, was raised in the Laguna Madre area but will always call Laguna Vista home. Her late father, an Army veteran, and her mother, an educator, instilled deep roots of service to the community.

Johvonne, a Port Isabel High School graduate, completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) in Social Work.

She currently is an educator in special education and serves in several other capacities within the campus. She is a mother of two and her and her husband decided wholeheartedly to raise their family in Laguna Vista. With a strong belief in “service before self,” Johvonne thanks all of her neighbors in the town of Laguna Vista for their confidence in her and is blessed to represent them.


Mayor Pro Tem - Frank T. Davalos Jr.

My name is Frank Davalos Jr. Also known as Frankie. I am currently employed with American Diving and The Original Dolphin Watch as the Operations Officer. I moved to the Laguna Madre area from San Antonio in 1993 and attended Port Isabel Jr. High and High School receiving my High School diploma in 2002. Shortly after, I attended Hallmark College in San Antonio, Texas and achieved an associates degree in business administration. I truly love Laguna Vista. I have a deep appreciation for its beauty and charm, its fantastic school district, and the town activities. I enjoy helping people and I was raised to believe that community service is a noble exercise of our freedom. However, I also believe that community service must be done for the right reasons. It should be viewed as a personal commitment to better our community,not as a means to gain financially or professionally from it. I have always been an active member of our community. Prior to serving as your Town Councilman. I actively serve on the Laguna Madre Youth Center Board of Directors as Secretary and have served previously as a Board Member of the following advisory boards and non profit organizations:

Laguna Vista Friends of the Library (President)
Laguna Vista Friends of the Library (Secretary)
Laguna Vista Community Development Corporation
Laguna Vista Planning and Zoning Commission
Laguna Vista Park Watch Committee
Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre (President)
Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre (Treasurer)
Point Isabel Independent School District Educational Improvement Council
Texas Municipal League Resolutions Committee Member

Serving as your Councilman allows me the opportunity to serve in a capacity where I have an impact in keeping our Town financially strong while still providing for the established town priorities of ;public safety and disaster preparedness, a positive community appearance, activities and recreational opportunities for youth,adults, senior citizens, and retaining the town history and character. Preserve our small town atmosphere. Promote Laguna Vista and our town merchants. I want to help make Laguna Vista a better place to live for everyone in the community and I will listen to ideas from anyone that brings them forward.

Thank you for electing me to serve as your Councilman for Place 3


Rolando Gonzalez

Council Member, Place 4 - Rolando Gonzalez

I was born and raised in Port Isabel, and I am the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. I enjoyed the Laguna Madre area as a child and young adult before the construction of the Queen Isabella Causeway. I remember waking up in Port Isabel in the late sixties and early seventies and hearing the waves crashing on the beach of South Padre Island. After the bridge was opened in 1974, South Padre grew rapidly and the sound of the waves slowly faded as the Island grew.

I graduated from Port Isabel High School in 1980 and headed toward Austin, Texas where I spent eight very important, formative years of my life. While attending the University of Texas(UT) I did work study and teamed up with Dr. Joseph C. Carter as an assistant to UT Austin's Excavations in Southern Italy. While leading an international team of artifact historians and classical archaeologists, I lived in a small resort town in South Italy by the name of Metaponto. After that, I transitioned to working with the Dean of Student's at the University while I completed my education and received an M. Ed. in counseling psychology.

While in Austin I met my wife Maggie Garcia from Dallas. Maggie and I shared a vision of love, work, family, and fun. We were both committed to serving as educators in the Point Isabel and Los Fresnos school districts. Twenty five years later we are the proud parents of Aaron, Brisia, and Monica Gonzalez. Like myself, my children have enjoyed the small town charm of Laguna Vista while also having access to the bay and recreational activities that the Lower Laguna Madre offers its visitors. I have been humbled by these blessings, and I would like to return the favor to this great community.

I believe the city of Laguna Vista will be facing some important decisions in the near future that will impact the quality of life of its residents. Although growth in our area is going to continue, it is important the we move ahead with caution and make decisions that serve to maintain the friendly disposition of our charming community. One thing I learned while I was in south Italy was that a small community can lose its charm when it gets too crowded and congested. I believe that we can continue to modernize intelligently. We can respect the natural resources of our beautiful Laguna Madre, and we can make decisions that will protect our small town quality of life in Laguna Vista. My actions as a councilman will be guided by these principles.

(956) 943-7192


Council Member, Place 5 - Victor Worrell



Council Member, Place 6 -Nadine Smith



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