Although she never imagined she’d follow her great-grandfather’s footsteps (he was a mayor of a rural Mexican town), Veronica Carbajal is running for Mayor of El Paso. And, even in the face of a pandemic, Veronica has not slowed down. She is running her campaign virtually, continuing to develop policy and taking interviews online. In a way, Veronica is somewhat relieved. She is taking this time to physically recoup while still keeping herself busy with 10+ hour virtual days as a Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorney and mayoral candidate. Alongside other candidates across the nation, Veronica is virtually running for office.
Jessica González is currently serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 104. She represents constituents of her hometown in Dallas, Texas, and advocates for expanding voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, and much more. Though she never originally intended to run for elected office, she had a pivotal experience that encouraged her to do so. With unwavering support from her family and friends, she set on a path to truly make a difference in Texas politics. She is a firm believer in fighting for the ‘little guy’ and seeing things through to the end.
Deana Ayers is an activist, organizer, community builder, former student government leader, and more. They attribute their passion for civic engagement to their mother who would take her child with her to every election from the local to the presidential. Deana grew up with a role model that demonstrated an unwavering commitment to civic engagement. Deana’s mother was an entry point for them to get involved politically by focusing on voter engagement. Like many young people, it was not until the 2016 election that Deana understood the layers of processes that went into a presidential election. The upset of that election motivated them to dig into organizing from where they stood.
Christina Weir is a trans-feminine activist who identifies as a “Declaration of Independence progressive.” As compared to a Constitutional conservative, Christina analogizes her views to the Declaration of Independence—guaranteeing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For Christina, “life” is universal access to healthcare and “liberty” is universal access to education. Healthcare and education are Christina’s most passionate interests because of the challenges she has faced towards her ability differences, including Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. Now, as a parent of children with ability differences, Christina advocates more than ever to ease access to healthcare and educational resources.