Dr. Rangra is committed to change and transparency for Brewster County. He has tirelessly campaigned to bring county government back to the people of Brewster County. Join him Friday at the Adobe Rose in Marathon, Texas at 6:30. There will be live music, free food and drinks. Most importantly, there will be a candidate who will listen to your problems and fight for you.
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I am married to Anjali, and we have one child, Amit. Our family also includes two dogs, Kishmish, a Maltese, and Gypsy, a mixed breed rescued off Hwy I-10.
My parents, Sri Kundan Lall Rangra, and Srimati Rampyari Rangra were both school teachers. I am third in a family of four brothers, and three sisters.
After receiving my B.Sc (Hon’s), and M.Sc (Hon’s) in Chemistry at Panjab University, I taught for two years at Hindu National College, Hariana (my village).
I came to the States in 1962 for my Ph.D.. at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. I am a member of Sigma Xi Chapter of Oklahoma State University 1965.
I joined the Sul Ross State University faculty in 1967 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1974. I was the Foreign Student Advisor for about ten years, and for several years was the Radiation Safety Officer at SRSU.
I served as Chair of the Faculty Senate for two years(1975), and I have Chaired the Faculty Affairs Council since 2004. I have also chaired various Committees and Councils at SRSU such as the Athletic Council, the Student Disciplinary Committee, and the Graduate Council to name a few. I have also chaired the Permian Basin Section of the American Chemical Society.
I was instrumental in introducing Forensic Chemistry at Sul Ross in 1975, and have authored Lab Manuals for Freshman Chemistry, and Forensic Chemistry classes. My research interests center around the use of Hair as a diagnostic tool to investigate health related issues.
I have served as Master Mason of the Alpine (Frontier) Masonic Lodge (1981); I have been a member of the Alpine Lions Club since 1972. I have served as a Governor of the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 2-T3 in 2000. I am recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Ed Flood Award by the Texas Lions Foundation, the 100% District Governor Award, and the International Outstanding Leadership Award presented by the President of the International Association of Lions Clubs.
I was elected to the Alpine City Council in 2003, and served as Mayor Pro Tem (2003-09). I have served on the Small Cities Advisory Council of the Texas Municipal League, and as second vice-president of the Texas Municipal League, Region IV.
The City of Alpine has had a very serious water pressure problem extending over many, many years. During the past six years, we were successfully able to resolve this problem with a “thinking out-side-the-box” approach at a fraction of the cost, thereby saving our citizens tens of millions of dollars in long term indebtedness. We have been able to resolve another outstanding city project, and consequently the City of Alpine will have a brand new Animal Shelter by the end of this year. I was actively involved in securing funding for a soon-to-be-completed Skate Park for our youngsters.
I am vigorously pushing the idea of upgrading the South Orient railroad track between Ft. Stockton and Presidio with Federal and State assistance. It will not only make it easier to transport imports through West Texas, but also provide a comfortable means of transportation for people traveling between Presidio, Marfa, Alpine, and Ft. Stockton to visit their families.
I have served as President of the Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Board.
The Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corporation, a non-profit entity is jointly owned by the cities of Alpine and Marfa. I, along with friends from Presidio, are working on a project to extend gas lines from Marfa to Presidio along the South Orient track to provide natural gas to Presidio, a community of about 7,000 that is currently being serviced by non-natural gas energy sources.
I am actively involved in protecting the First Amendment rights of all elected officials at all levels of governments without jeopardizing the Texas Open Meeting act, which I strongly support.
NBC asked me to assist in the investigation of the Marfa Lights in the mid eighties, and a 30 minute documentary was produced for the TV program, Unsolved Mysteries. This episode can still be seen on various cable TV channels. I also assisted a Japanese documentary production on the Marfa Lights Origin Project in the mid nineties .
The family business interests involve the ownership of the Rangra Theatres (1980), and Anju’s Fine Jewelers and Designs (1985) in Alpine.
I enjoy watching movies, Westerns and Indian. I enjoy Indian music, and my reading interests center around anything on the Greek warrior, Alexander, and ancient history of India. I enjoy working in the yard, and occasional walks around town.
I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Alpine, Brewster County, and the surrounding area.
Avinash K. Rangra
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