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Nelda Martinez
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Mayor of Corpus Christi
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Corpus Christi City Council, At-large
2007 - 2012
High schoolCarroll High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
Office website
Campaign website
Nelda Martinez is the current Mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas. She was elected in 2012. Before becoming Mayor, she was an at-large member of the Corpus Christi City Council from 2007 to 2012.[1][2]


Martinez is a graduate of Carroll High School. She holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas, Austin. Her professional experience includes owning her own businesses, First American Closing Office, Inc. and Nueces Title, and working as the President of Adlen Enterprises, Inc., an asset management company.[2]


Below is a brief outline of Martinez's political career.

  • 2012-Present: Mayor of Corpus Christi
  • 2007-2012: Corpus Christi City Council


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Martinez highlighted the following issues:[3]

Job creation

  • Excerpt: "The last few years have been tough on many families in our community. That is why you deserve a mayor who will fight to bring new jobs to Corpus Christi. As mayor, I will promote our city and its great resources to corporations across the globe and will not rest until we bring thousands of good paying jobs to our city. In addition, we must create an entrepreneurial environment where hard work and creativity are allowed to develop into strong businesses. That means removing barriers at City Hall that hamper job growth in Corpus Christi."


  • Excerpt: "Our current infrastructure has reached its limit. It’s time we start rebuilding our city from the ground up, and there is no better place to start than with our roads. The longer we wait to improve our city, the harder it will be to convince companies to relocate, costing Corpus Christi much needed jobs. In order to compete for good paying jobs, we need to make sure our roads are fixed and our drainage system works."


  • Excerpt: "As public servants, it is our job to demand the highest level of integrity. On our Ethics policy, I stood up and said “no” to city council members contracting with the city for business. Per a Caller-Times article, “One aspect of the new code was surely improved, thanks to the persistence of City Council Member Nelda Martinez. The initial version would have allowed council members to contract with the city. Martinez dug in her heels, saying that the rule prohibiting council members from holding city contracts has been in place since 1989 and that taking that out, she said, “weakens (the ordinance); I have a strong concern with taking it out. Why would we make it less strict? We are going the wrong way.” No public official should ever benefit financially from their office."



See also: Corpus Christi, Texas municipal elections, 2014

The city of Corpus Christi, Texas held elections for mayor on November 4, 2014. The candidate filing deadline was August 18, 2014. Incumbent Nelda Martinez defeated Dan McQueen, Bob Jones and Lee McGinnis.[4]

Mayor of Corpus Christi, General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNelda Martinez Incumbent 51.8% 23,141
Bob Jones 29.6% 13,254
Lee McGinnis 4.9% 2,206
Dan McQueen 13.7% 6,106
Total Votes 44,707
Source: Nueces County Clerk's Office - Official 2014 Election Results

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Adame
Mayor of Corpus Christi
Succeeded by