Hi, I'm Pete Lozano...
My name is Pete Lozano and was born in San Antonio, Texas. I have lived here my whole life except when I served in the United States Army for 8 1/2 years. I was raised in the West Side of San Antonio to a single parent mother and lived in the Alazan-Apache Courts on Vera Cruz Street with 7 brothers and sisters. Incidentally, when my family moved to the Courts, I was the happiest 8-year-old boy in San Antonio because the bathroom was inside our apartment and we actually had real light switches on the wall and did not have to use kerosene lamps anymore.
As a young boy, I shined shoes on Guadalupe Street on Saturday mornings for many years and sold newspapers to Kelly Field workers after school to make some extra money. I dealt with bullies shaking us down for a few nickels every time we got back on the pickup after selling newspapers. Yes, there were bullies back then and I dealt with them the best I could by figuring out that if I was quick enough to sit in the front of the pickup with Mr. Jasso, they would not be able to make me pay them for the privilege of selling newspapers to Kelly Field workers.
I started my own small business when I was about 12 years old delivering newspapers to customers on the West side of San Antonio. I established the first home delivery newspaper service to that poor section of San Antonio, something that was unheard of in 1964. It was rough at the beginning, delivering newspapers in my bicycle every day regardless of the weather, but it made me the person I am today.
I dropped out of high school in December 1969 to enlist in the U.S. Army on January 1970. I was not a very good student at Sidney Lanier High School and L.W. Fox Tech High School and my grades reflected my poor attendance record. I earned my GED before I finished basic training. I married Ludivina Coronado on November 11, 1972, and worked part-time while attending San Antonio College. It was rough and I had to re-enlist in the U.S. Army on August 22, 1974. I served in the recruiting command at Fort Sam Houston and received an assignment overseas, to Italy. Ludi and I spent 3 years in the beautiful city of Vicenza, 40 miles west of Venice, Italy. Unbelievable time of our lives visiting Venice, Padova, Milan, Florence, Naples, and Rome.
After my assignment in Italy, I was assigned to Fort Sam Houston for a short period of time and received orders to Fort Bliss, Texas. Ludi was working at Swearingen Aviation and had to stay in San Antonio until I reported for duty at Fort Bliss. An amazing thing happened on the way to report to Fort Bliss. I decided to take what I thought was the shortest route on highway 90 instead of taking IH10. On the way, I was stopped for speeding by a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper and issued a speeding ticket. Yes, I was speeding and deserved the ticket I got. After reporting to Fort Bliss and getting an apartment, Ludi joined me and got a job at Alexander and Alexander, an insurance agency. While serving at Fort Bliss, I decided to take night college courses, in pursuit of a degree in Social Psychology. In class one night, one of my classmates showed up in his work uniform; a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper! I was so impressed by him that I asked him if the Texas Department of Public Safety was accepting applications. He responded they were but the time to apply was getting short. Needless to say that I was discharged from the U.S. Army on December 21, 1979, and reported to the DPS Academy in Austin on January 9, 1980, and the rest is history. My beautiful wife and I were blessed when our daughter, Analisa, was born in October 1980.
I spent 23 years in the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Trooper in Driver's License and Highway Patrol. I was promoted to Sergeant, Highway Patrol and served in Ozona and Austin before taking the place of Antonio "Tony" Leal (future Senior Captain, Texas Ranger) after he promoted to Texas Ranger in San Antonio. I retired on December 31, 2002, and was appointed as a Special Ranger by the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission in January 2003 and have served ever since. I earned a Master of Science Degree in Justice Policy from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. I taught an undergraduate class in Police Accountability in the Criminal Justice Department at UTSA. I also guest lectured at the Undergraduate and Graduate level numerous times.
I ran for Sheriff of Bexar County in the Republican primary in 2004 but was not able to win the party nomination. I supported Susan Pamerleau in her election for Sheriff in 2016 because of her service in the U.S. Air Force as a Major General. I, like many other voters in Bexar County, were impressed by her rank and overlooked the fact that she had never served as a commissioned peace officer in Texas. That was a mistake and she lost in her bid for re-election and Javier Salazar was elected in 2016.
I believe it is time for a change in the direction the Bexar County Sheriff's Department has taken since Javier Salazar was elected. Lots of personnel problems and issues at the male/female detention facilities. I want to implement changes in the recruitment, selection, and training of Bexar County deputies to instill the same sort of pride I have enjoyed having served in the Texas Department of Public Safety for the last 39 years. I want to ensure tax dollars are being used wisely by the Bexar County Sheriff's Department to eliminate waste and creating efficiency in the process. I promise to look at every position to ensure it is needed for public safety. Employee morale and safety at the Bexar County Jail will be at the top of my agenda if elected.
I need your support in the Democratic Primary Election on March 3, 2020. I solicit your vote.