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Cristina Garza Zamora was born Cristina Garza in 1935 in LaJoya, Texas. She attended Draughn's Business College in San Antonio and worked for the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. She and her husband established the Laguna Zamora Scholarship Fund and were both active in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). In 1983, Ms. Zamora ran unsuccessfully for election to the Board of Trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District. At the time of the interview, Ms. Zamora was serving her second term as Precinct 3 Commissioner for the Comal County Commissioner's Court, the first Mexican American woman elected to that entity.
Cristina Garza Zamora discusses her family's active involvement in the New Braunfels community. She talks about redistricting the precincts in Comal County, her reasons for running for office, and the expense accounts for the county commissioners. She alludes to the political power of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, tells about her work with fellow commissioners Danny Shell and Jack Dawson and county judge Carter Casteel, and gives details about the changes she has brought about in the local park system. She refers to her work with the Faust Street Bridge project on the historic Camino Real (also known as the Old San Antonio Road), talks about her family's land holdings, and shares her concerns over her husband's illness. She comments on work of the Comal Independent Men's Association and mentions prominent New Braunfels Mexican Americans Lorenzo Camarillo and Cookie Barbosa.
Locations of residence or activity:
New Braunfels/Comal County