Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Precinct 4
Tommy Calvert is Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4, the youngest and first African-American County Commissioner in more than 170 years of Bexar County history.
Los Angeles Weekly called him San Antonio's "wunderkind" and Gardner Selby of the Austin-American Statesman said he is "one to watch" in Texas politics.
Calvert started his own public relations and public affairs firm, Calvert International Consulting (CIC), in 2002. Over the past 16 years, CIC has been a trusted advisor to public sector leaders.
Calvert's public affairs work began in 1998 when he served as an aide to the San Antonio City Council. His work has taken him to positions in the Texas House of Representatives, as well as the United States Congress where he served as director of special projects for the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In addition, Calvert has advised San Antonio's municipal water suppliers, numerous elected officials, business leaders, and executive-level educators of both public and charter schools.
For two years, Calvert was chief of external operations for the world's leading anti-slavery and human trafficking organization — the American Anti-Slavery Group. In this capacity, he worked to free and empower survivors of slavery and genocide from around the world. He spoke tirelessly across the United States to encourage Americans, the press, and politicians to end contemporary slavery and genocide.
San Antonio Community Radio — KROV 91.7-HD2 FM — was founded in 2008 by Calvert, in partnership with Trinity University, as a non-profit radio station. Its purpose is to provide R&B music, local news, views, and non-profit information to uplift San Antonio's unique urban community. KROV has won "Best Radio Station for Music" twice in the San Antonio Current's "Best of San Antonio Awards" and named "Best New Gospel Music Programming in the State of Texas" by the American Gospel Announcers Guild.
Having already secured $432 million for Precinct 4's infrastructure in his lifetime, Commissioner Calvert has hit the ground running. As County Commissioner, Calvert will make public safety a priority by working with neighborhood associations, businesses, sheriffs, and constables to increase manpower for patrols, as well as build a sheriff substation on the Northeast side.
Calvert will work with Commissioner's Court to pass a policy of hiring people from neighborhoods where it builds infrastructure. He also has a plan to help create jobs within precinct 4.
Commissioner Calvert is a lifelong member of Friendship Baptist Church and a lifelong learner. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from a Top-25 college, Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.