You know me as a hardworking and dedicated volunteer in our community and as a business owner and a bilingual business adviser and counselor. I have also worked hard as a mother, housewife and graduate with both Bachelors and Masters degrees from UT Pan Am. You deserve a voice in Austin. Someone who will speak and work hard for all of us in District 36!
We share the same hopes and dreams for our families – better jobs and salaries, better education for our children, better streets and highways, better services and infrastructure, affordable health care and safer neighborhoods!
You need someone who will work hard for you for a better tomorrow and an even better future for our children!
Mari Regalado Biography
From humble beginnings to a powerhouse of social action, Mari (Maria, Mary) Sauceda Regalado is the woman known throughout the valley as “la amiga que ayuda.” Maria was born to Joaquin and Juana Sauceda. Her early life was hard though the young Maria did not realize it. To her it was natural for her parents to work long hours in the fields, traveling back and forth from Texas to California to extend their working seasons each year.
When in California, her parents worked with and supported Cesar Chavez. Her Dad rode with Cesar at night to confront the notorious KKK while her mother spent numerous days in jail with Cesar after protests. In her mother’s words she wanted a better life for the ‘campesinos’ (farmworkers). The social consciousness of her parents created a sense of dedication to hard work and a sense of purpose in helping change living and working conditions for the better.
These values led Maria Sauceda to graduate from McAllen High School and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburgh. She continued her education to the level of Master of Public Administration, also from the University of Texas Pan American. Maria married Alfredo (Fred) Regalado and their marriage of 34 years has produced three children: Jessica, Alicia and Alfredo III. This marriage provided Maria Regalado with a true life partner in Fred as eventually they developed a successful business together. Sadly, however, a tragic illness left Fred bed ridden and left Maria to handle the family and business on her own.
Prior to starting the family owned business, 4 Aces Bail Bonds, in 1994, Maria invested in real estate. Her investments were primarily in south Texas, including Hidalgo County and Texas House District 35, although she also invested statewide. She has performed, and continues to perform, as a consultant on US Royalties and finance to Mexican artists including composer Teodoro Bello, composer and freelance journalist Luis Elizalde, composer Martin Urieta, and actor and singer Jorge Vargas. In 2012 she was employed as the grassroots organizer in the campaign to Reelect District Judge Letty Lopez. Currently Maria continues to run the family business, 4 Aces Bail Bonds. As a consequence of Fred’s illness, Maria handles the family, the business and home care for her husband. Despite the hardships she has faced throughout life, she and her family have maintained a comfortable lifestyle,
Carrying on the tradition she learned from her parents, Maria Regalado has remained active in civic and community affairs. With Julio Aldama, Mexican actor and director, she produced and promoted documentaries that bring to light the hardships of undocumented workers in the U.S. She has also sponsored and supported international artists for the Hidalgo Border Fest, including actor and singer Jorge Vargas, composer Martin Urieta, and actress and singer Lupita D’Alessio. On a more local level, Maria sponsored and supported numerous community youth soccer, basketball, boxing and softball teams.
The offices she has held over the last decade are a testament to social and political activism. Maria served as President and Vice President of the Student Association of Public Administration at the University of Texas Pan American from 2002-2004. She was the Chair of the Civil Service Commission to the City of Pharr from 2004-2007. She was an active member of the Unidad Coalition, a community awareness group to prevent underage drinking from 2008-2010. She has served as the Democratic Party Precinct Chair of Hidalgo County Precinct 35 from 2008 to the present time.
In 2010, Maria Regalado assumed the Vice Presidency of the Hidalgo County Democratic Women (HCDW), one of the largest and most active Democratic Women’s groups in Texas. In that position she created a network of Mexican nationals and Texas and Hidalgo County officials to promote U.S. business investments and the democratic process. She performed as the Chair of the Get Out the Vote Committee (GOTV) during 2012 with amazing results in voter turn out for the November 2012 general election. During that election year she also organized and facilitated local, state and Federal candidate forums. She continues in her work with the HCDW.
During 2013 Maria served as an Executive Board Member of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) where she represented the Rio Grande Valley as one of four members statewide on TOP strategies. The TOP is working to improve the lives of low-income and working class Texas families. It also organizes Hidalgo County Precinct 2 officials and community groups to deal with the serious issues of water runoff and drainage. The TOP is working on public safety improvements in Pharr, San Juan, and south McAllen, though Maria has stepped down to run for the Texas Legislature. Shown below is a photograph is of Jakob Stewart, the Political Director of the Texas Democratic Party, with Maria Regalado at a Democratic Party Seminar at the Austin Texas AFL CIO Headquarters – October 2013