Oral history interview with Aaron Alejandro, 1997

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The interview opens with a discussion of Alejandro's family history and turns to his youthful misbehavior, which resulted in his being sent to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. Alejandro goes into detail about his experiences at Boys Ranch and the effect upon his life of his time there. He talks at length about his involvement in Future Farmers of America and his campaign for and year as its state president, during which he toured Texas keeping speaking engagements and promoting FFA. Nearing graduation from Texas Tech University, Alejandro accepted employment as district coordinator for U.S. Representative Bill Sarpalius. He discusses his work for the congressman and gives his opinions as to why Sarpalius lost his seat in 1994. Alejandro talks about racism in the Texas Panhandle and in Montague, Wise and Wichita counties, his unsuccessful campaign for the 13th District U.S. House seat, and the campaign for Wichita County judge in which he was engaged at the time of the interview.

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Born February 6, 1966, in Dallas, Texas, Alejandro graduated from Midwestern University with a degree in public administration. He is a former state president of Future Farmers of America and served with former U.S. Representative Bill Sarpaulis for three terms (1989-1995) as his district coordinator. At the time of the interview Alejandro held the position of Executive Director of the Gateway Council on Substance Abuse, owned a consulting firm, and was running for county judge in Wichita County, Texas.


Wichita Falls (Tex.)

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Mexican Americans, Mexican American leadership, Mexican American students, Politics, Political candidates, Race relations, Young adults, Local elections, Texas--Race relations, Oral histories