Daniel Rivas believes success at managing one of Wise County’s most popular restaurants can translate to Wise County at large.
Rivas, manager of Casa Torres Authentic Mexican Restaurant, filed Nov. 25 for the office of Wise County treasurer. He will oppose incumbent Katherine Hudson in the Republican primary March 4.
The 27-year-old Decatur High School graduate started working at Casa Torres when he was 17 as a dishwasher and busboy, then worked as a server and host while attending college. He was named manager in September 2010 and helped oversee the restaurant’s move into a new facility.
In that position, he manages 25 to 30 employees on a daily basis.
“People kept coming up to me and encouraging me to go out and run, bring some changes,” he said. “I considered it and thought this is something I can see myself doing. I hope to get elected and help make a difference.”
Rivas said any business, including that of county government, can find room for improvement.
“I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with what they’re doing right now, but you can always improve,” he said. “Maybe they might need a little young blood, new ideas.”
Rivas attended Weatherford College for his basic classes, then transferred to the University of North Texas where he earned a B.A. in general studies in 2009 with a focus in business management. His courses included human resources management, global marketing, business ethics and advanced Spanish.
“It’s a great place to start my political career – where I grew up,” he said. “I have a passion for people and for giving back. I want to make a difference, by working hard and using my knowledge and leadership skills to help bring new ideas and innovations, to help improve and grow Wise County.”
As treasurer, Rivas would “focus on paying county employees and making sure everybody has control of their budgets – where the money is being spent.”
“It’s a business,” he said. “Making sure it’s run for the people, I think I’m capable of doing that.”