“As the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Guanajuato and Zacatecas, I understand the issues in our community. Since I was a child I attended marches with my family to demand action to protect immigrants. In my free time, I participate as a volunteer youth soccer coach. It was while I was coaching that I had a pivotal experience that changed my life and my perspective on serving my community. While I was coaching a team of 5 year-olds at a park, a shooting erupted 20 feet from the pitch. My kids were confused and some ran towards their parents. I had to physically throw kids on the ground to dodge the bullets. Luckily nobody was hurt, but I constantly reflect on that moment, I remember the face of the young man shooting and the helpless faces of bystanders; both the faces of powerlessness. This is when I knew I had to do more –the children in our communities deserve better.”
I am running to bring much-needed honesty, transparency, accountability and progressive values to the 14th Ward. I will be an Alderman, accessible to constituents, providing first-rate city services to all residents, and fighting for a better quality of life in our community, not millionaires and billionaires.