Gina Ortiz Jones is running to serve the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. Her firsthand experiences have shaped her perspective about the community she represents; she is a first-generation American, raised in San Antonio by a single mother. Jones’ mother embraced challenges and sacrificed comfort to provide opportunities for her daughters. As a child, Jones understood that she was lucky to have resources like subsidized housing and reduced-price lunches, and that manifested into a life of public service.
Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Berthiaume has been preparing for her political service her entire life--even if she wasn’t meaning to. Although her family’s homebase was Northern Virginia, her parents’ public service careers meant they traveled extensively throughout her childhood. Berthiaume was born in Okinawa, Japan and spent time in Panama and Poland growing up.
At only 18 years old, Maria Lopez is a powerful immigrant rights activist in the Dallas area. She is a successful student at a top Dallas ISD magnet high school. She is the Texas Youth Director for the state’s League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) . She’s a Young Women’s Advisory Council Fellow under the Texas Women’s Foundation . Her advocacy has been so profound that she recently won LULAC’S National Woman of the Year Award. Maria has shown strength, dedication, and work ethic at a young age. Still, she may struggle to lead a normal life in the United States of America.