Juan Leal Goraz
First Mayor of San Antonio in 1731
Cynthia Brehm is a Christian, a retired Army wife, a grandmother, a community activist, and a public servant. Her life speaks volumes of service to humanity. She graduated from the University of Hawaii Magna Cume Laude, and is a Distinguished Graduate from St Mary’s University with a Masters in Public Administration. She is a certified Master Trainer for the U.S. Army and is able to teach military doctrine worldwide. She is a descendent of the Canary Islanders that settled San Antonio in 1731. Her ten-times grandfather, Juan Leal Goraz, was the first mayor of San Antonio. Some people tell her in some ways she favors him, and that her desire to serve stems from him. This is the kind of leadership the RPBC desperately needs.
Cynthia’s professional background is in marketing and advertising. Throughout her career, she received numerous awards for her efforts as a marketing consultant and has a stellar performance record. She oversaw millions of advertising dollars from a regional level to a national level. She traveled the country working in business development by negotiating contracts with businesses, reconciling accounts, and creating new business. Her 30-years experience in marketing and advertising will be a huge asset to the RPBC.
When she married, she retired from her professional career and worked alongside her husband as they served our country together. She has always been a leader within her community. Since 1985, she has been involved with countless charities that helped to benefit the needy within the military and the civilian community. As an Army wife, she held many critical executive board member positions from President, First Vice President, Vice President, Special Events Coordinator, Community Liaison, and member of Board of Directors. In 1998, she helped establish a 501-3C charity on a federal installation, known as “The Band of Angels” at Fort Hood Texas for the Fisher House, which is like a Ronald McDonald House. Our local “Soldier’s Angels” off Perrin Beitel and 410 was modeled after her charity and has evolved even much more here in San Antonio. She helped establish another charity fundraiser at Fort Knox, KY., “Run for the Red.” It was a 5K run for the American Red Cross. The most successful charity she established was The Celebrity Golf Scramble at Fort Hood. To this day it continues to be the single largest fundraiser in the history of Fort Hood. All these charity fundraisers are still in existence to this day and continue to serve both the military and local communities. She has volunteered with the Fort Sam Houston Spouses Club, The Fort Sam Houston Thrift Shop, The Fisher House at Fort Sam Houston, the SA300 Tricentennial, the UpWords Bookstore at her church (Oak Hills Crownridge), and is a member of the International City Management Association.
Since 1989, she has volunteered her time and efforts in helping politicians get elected to office by phone banking, door knocking, posting signage, and donating necessary funds. She was a deputy registrar, precinct chairman in Bell County, TX. from 1991-1998, presiding judge, and alternate judge for the Bexar County Elections Department. She has hosted Meet and Greets, and was a member of the District 8 Governance Committee for Ron Nirenberg. In 2015, she ran for Mayor of San Antonio. In 2017, she ran for San Antonio City Council in District 8, and was the top vote getter in the May 2017 Primary Election (among 6 candidates) but fell short in the run-off election by 1304 votes. In Oct 2017, Republican Party leaders approached her and asked her to run for Bexar County Republican Chairman. She seeks your endorsement and vote for Bexar County Republican Chairman. For many years, the RPBC has lacked leadership, which is why Republicans have been losing elections. For far too long, Republican candidates in Bexar County have carried the burden of running for office with little to no help from the RPBC. However, some Precinct Chairs have stepped up to the plate to assist candidates, but we need unity of effort. Cynthia’s firsthand knowledge in running for office will enable future candidates to avoid the many pitfalls along the campaign trail.