Omar Narvaez

Dallas City Council, District 6

Omar will be the first out LGBTQ+ person to serve a full eight-year term for District 6!

Biography

Omar Narvaez was elected to the Dallas City Council in June of 2017 and represents District 6. For over 80 years, Councilmember Narvaez’ family has lived in District 6, in Ledbetter, La Loma and Bachman Lake neighborhoods.

Narvaez currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In addition, Mayor Johnson appointed him to serve on the following committee: Economic Development, Quality of Life, Arts & Culture, Ad Hoc Committee on Legislative Affairs and Workforce, Education and Equity. On June 22, 2022 Narvaez was voted by his colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the 2022-23 term.

In his third term, Council Member Narvaez served as Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee which was created by Mayor Eric Johnson in November of 2019. In addition, to the Environment & Sustainability Committee, Council Member Narvaez was also appointed to the following committees: Economic Development, Government Performance and Financial Management, Quality of Life & Arts and Culture, and Judicial Nominations Ad Hoc.

In his first term as a member of the Dallas City Council, Narvaez was named Dallas City Council Member of the Year for 2018 by the Dallas Observer Magazine. Since this accolade, Narvaez has continued to work diligently for District 6 and successfully negotiated $15 an hour minimum wages with 40% local hiring for 1,500 new jobs at an Amazon distribution facility and attracted the North American headquarters for Nokia to Dallas in Cypress Waters.
Omar believes in building stronger neighborhoods and working directly with community leaders. Because of these strong relationships, District 6 opened two new splash grounds in the Summer of 2019 and will open a regional aquatics facility in 2021. At the suggestion of local leaders, a new walking trail was installed around the Pavaho Wetlands sump on Canada Drive and now working on connecting the Bachman Loop to other trail systems.

Narvaez believes in working with local and state agencies to bring resources to District 6, in 2018 the district partnered with State and County agencies to host a Safety Preparedness Fair that included free flu shots, and he successfully lobbied the Army Corp of Engineers to award Dallas $350 million to complete our city flood control plan.

During the pandemic Omar was responsible for hosting 20 testing and vaccination pop up clinics in hard to reach communities helping take his top COVID positive zip code to one of the first ten zip codes in Dallas County to reach herd immunity. He was also responsible for countless food drives and helped create an outreach campaign for isolated seniors and helped to create an anti-eviction policy for the city. Because of his advocacy the Dallas Voice Newspaper named him Texan of the Year for 2021.

Narvaez’ emergency response advocacy and leadership in 2022 lead him to work with other local agencies and clinics to help support and bring much needed vaccine to combat the Monkey Pox outbreak in Dallas and hosted a Spanish monolingual town hall which went nationwide with Univision. Because if this advocacy Dallas County went from the highest impact county in Texas to the fastest decrease in the state.

Narvaez has a passion for community involvement and has served as president of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas & vice-president of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 4871. In 2013, he was awarded the first-ever LULAC 4871 “Nuestro Orgullo Award”. He was also a member of the Planned Parenthood Community Board. Omar Narvaez has served our city in elected, appointed and volunteer positions including:

In June of 2022, he was elected to the board of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and was appointed to the Education Committee. He has become a national leader on emergency response amongst elected officials.

• North Texas Council of Governments – 2021 to present
• Dallas County Schools Trustee – Elected 2014 to 2017
• City of Dallas, Community & Development Commission 2009-2013
• Sixth Floor Museum Board 2011-2015
• Bishop Arts Cultural Center Board 2014-2016

Omar lives in West Dallas and is an avid Star Wars Fan. His favorite animal is the hippopotamus. When he’s not working in and around the community he enjoys taking time to go to Disney World (Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge), trying out new locally owned restaurants and building Star Wars Lego sets. Yes he loved Star Wars.

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