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Q&A with Raul Camarillo, Precinct 2's Community Liaison

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1. Describe your role in Precinct 2 and what you enjoy most about it.

I am a Community Liaison and a member of the Community Relations Team. My priority is to Engage, Educate & Empower members of the Pasadena community and assist with connecting them to the resources they need.

What I enjoy the most about my job is engaging with people in my community. I get the greatest satisfaction in helping them find solutions to overcome the issues in their lives.

2. When and why did you decide to make Pasadena your home?

In 1999, my wife and I decided to move to Pasadena because of the school district. Our two daughters were attending a school system that was too large, and we felt that the school district in Pasadena would be a better fit for the type of learning experience our children needed. All my children graduated from Pasadena ISD schools, my oldest from South Houston HS, my middle child from Pasadena Memorial HS, and my son from Sam Rayburn HS.

3. What do you love most about the community in Pasadena?

Even though Pasadena is the second largest city in Harris County, this city has a small-town feel to it because the people in this community are very friendly and resilient.

4. What has been your favorite moment or project as a community liaison for Precinct 2?

In 2021 during the COVID pandemic, our community relations department partnered with community organizations to provide rental assistance programs. We also held events in Precinct 2 communities for the public to learn about protecting their families from eviction. The three largest events were done with one of our community partners, Pueblo’s Church in Pasadena. We were able to assist hundreds of households from losing their apartments and becoming homeless with these types of events.

5. What do think people may not know about Pasadena or/and precinct?

Most people don’t know that the City of Pasadena has a beach at El Jardin Beach Park. Harris County Precinct 2 has the other beach at Sylvan Beach Park. Both beaches are the only free public beaches in Harris County.