Critical Experience

My Background

I'm a father first and foremost. My children are what I'm most proud of in the world. They have grown and are growing up to be wonderful human beings in the world and I attribute that all to their mother and God's Divine Grace. 

As for me, I'm a military brat, the child of Hazel and Thomas Rockeymoore, born in Paducah, Texas in November of 1967. My father served 20 years till retirement in the Air Force, giving his children a worldly background of travel and wide human experience. My mother (RIP) was a school teacher and a military Education Counselor. My sisters, Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings and Meredith Rockeymoore-Brooks are accomplished in their fields, both doctors of Political Science and Pediatric Anesthesiology, respectively. 

I've been a soldier, almost 5 years of active duty in the Army ending with Desert Storm in 1991. I exited the military with a service medal, some awards (AARCOM & 2 AAMs) and an honorable discharge before heading to Prairie View A&M University, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geography, I went on to complete the Master's degree in Environmental Geography at Indiana University-Bloomington and to attain ABD status while pursuing a PhD in Geography Education at Texas State University-San Marcos.  I've served as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Manager and Consultant. I've driven Glass-bottom boats at the Meadows Center for Water in the Environment in San Marcos, TX, as well as worked as a paraprofessional at San Marcos High School, before gaining my alternative certification to teach English Language and Reading Arts (ELAR) at Del Valle High School, outside of Austin, TX. 

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I have been serving my communities since I was a pre-teen. From my early years in the Cub Scouts through the Webelos, culminating in my election as Senior Patrol Leader for my Boy Scout Troop in Del City, Oklahoma at 14 years of age, I have been both humbled and blessed by my peers to be chosen to lead. This trend continued in the military, exemplified by my appointment as Assistant Platoon Guide by our Drill Sergeants in my Basic Training Unit. 

As a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at Texas State here in San Marcos, I was appointed to the Graduate Student Council in its first semester of existence in 2005. In 2006 I was re-appointed to the GSC but chose instead to run for a seat in the Associated Student Government, which I won. 

I was blessed to be elected to the San Marcos City Council in December of 2018 after a runoff where I carried the day with 64% of the total vote. I, we - as a Council, a city, a state, a nation and a world - have since been tested by an extraordinary series of events leading to a changed and continually changing world.

 

Holding office and engaging in the business of leadership during COVID-19 has been an exercise in love, patience and decision-making. We have had to be continually present to the needs of our population whilst simultaneously carrying on the business of the city in its day-to-day operations.

 

People are afraid. For their lives, for their businesses, for the world. Honoring that fear while not becoming bogged down by it is the ordeal each of us has to contend with, on our own but also, together.

 

The emergency measures taken during such a fraught time have been sobering to the population and made even more poignant by the politicization of health and welfare. I am proud of our record as a City Council and my contributions to the efforts to keep the people of San Marcos and our city and its environment safe, sound and moving into an unknown and frightful future as ready as it is humanly possible for us to be.

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My Experience

What I have learned, primarily, is that people want to be heard.

 

People want to be listened to by the ones they elect to office.

 

At the level of local, city politics, there is no separation between the representative and the constituents, as there is at the state and national levels. The interaction and engagement is direct and passionate, and so subject to the immediacy of need. We, as local politicians sworn to serve our city, seek to represent all people and all perspectives to the best of our ability. I personally have taken this charge to heart and have sought to listen to all voices and represent them through my decision-making processes. 

As a local politician it is my job to listen whenever someone wants to speak to me and to take their considerations seriously. Realistically speaking, since I have only been doing this for a year and a half, I have not been perfect in being able to communicate effectively every, single time I speak to someone or in knowing how exactly to move forward on their issues. 

 

But I have been learning

I have taken all of these experiences into consideration and committed them to mind and memory, so that I have a strong and increasingly detailed foundational understanding of the role of the elected official in City Government. I also have learned - and will continue to hone that understanding - how to move citizen's concerns through the city more efficiently and to the direct benefit of neighborhoods and the city itself, as an entity. 

 

Being able to talk to people and, more importantly, to listen to what they have to say to me, I have been able to fulfill the goals I set out to do, making strides in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Homelessness and Criminal Justice Reform. 

 

But there is more to do. And I will do it, if the citizens of San Marcos see fit to return me to Place 5 to complete the job I started. 
 

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What I Have Learned...

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