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Female FBI agent is on the ballot

Observations Commentary One thing about the newspapers business, you meet a lot of interesting people along the way. I happened to bump into one just the other day, in fact: A retired female FBI special agent who is now running on her own solo ticket for the Alamo City Commission Place 4 seat. Obviously, Lora “L. J.” Gioeni has her work cut out for her. For starters, she’s not on a slate, running side by side with other candidates, which typically increases one’s shot at winning vs. running independently. There is strength in numbers, and typically more campaign donations besides. On top of that, she’s not a Valley native, without the support of a large extended family to help her campaign. Born and reared in Brooklyn, New York, Gioeni moved here three years ago while still with the FBI. I plan on doing a story next week, God willing, about the two major slates running for the Nov. 5 Alamo City Commission race, which includes the mayoral race – Diana Martinez vs. Trino Medina. I’ll put that story on the front page, too, just so no one thinks I’m playing favorites by writing about Gioeni this week; but her personal story, aside from the politics, makes for an interesting read. For starters, her resume is impressive. Now in her early 50s, Gioeni began her career in law enforce- ment with the Carrollton Police Department (part of the Dallas metroplex) after graduating pre-med from a small Catholic college in Kansas (St. Mary’s of the Plains), which she attended on a full-ride scholarship, thanks to her softball prowess. Still thinking their daughter was headed to medical school, let’s just say that her parents weren’t too happy when they found out their daughter had become a cop. Eventually, however, they came around; and when she was hired by the FBI six years after signing on with the Carrollton PD, her parents were more than just a little proud. She signed on with Carrollton in July 1990 and with the FBI in August 1996. “I am who I am largely thanks to my parents,” she said. “They instilled in me the principles I still carry with me today, and they were always big on living an ethical life, giving back to one’s community, that sort of thing.” So here’s a partial list of Gioeni’s career accomplishments: street cop with Carrollton PD and the first female officer to make SWAT; FBI special ...

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