Luisa del Rosal is running to win the seat for Texas House of Representatives District 114, an area serving large portions of Northern Dallas. Luisa isn’t a typical candidate: she is an immigrant from Mexico running to represent the conservative values. Proudly running unopposed in the primary election, Luisa has her eyes set on the general election—hoping to expand representation of Hispanic women in the Republican party. Now that women are running at an increased rate across Texas, Luisa believes Texans are ready for women to serve at the table. “Never think that because you are a woman candidate that you cannot succeed.
Amanda Edwards is running in the Democratic primary to serve as the next United States Senator, facing eleven other candidates. Prior to running a statewide campaign, Amanda served on the Houston City Council. With her background in politics, it may be shocking to hear that Amanda has never “liked” politics—but she had a gut feeling to serve others through elected office. Amanda is transforming the status quo that a candidate has to be in love with the idea of politics itself rather than serving others. In Amanda’s words, “[i]t’s not about the spaces that you’re most comfortable, it’s about the spaces that you’re most needed.”
Jillian Glantz is an up-and-coming filmmaker and historian focusing her most recent documentary projects on the history of smaller, underrepresented groups of people in the Rio Grande Valley. After growing up in Dallas, Glantz found herself searching for a suitable career path. “I spent my first two semesters after high school at The University of Texas- Arlington… And I hated it,” she explained. “Then I tried college at The University of Texas in Austin. I spent a semester there, and hated it more.” To the dismay of her parents, Jillian then decided to take a break from school to pursue her dreams of learning the ins and outs of filmmaking. “I didn’t follow a traditional path,” Glantz explained. “But I knew myself best.”
Mayra Farret stands as a symbol of giving to the Latino community in San Antonio. When she’s not starring in Bravo’s hit series Texicanas, Mayra is mixing her love of fashion with her desire to give back to others. She intertwines fashion and philanthropy by hosting runway fundraising events, featuring pieces from Mexican fashion designers, focusing her efforts on organizations that aim to prevent domestic violence. Put simply, Mayra is giving fashion a cause.
Adryana Aldeen, a consultant, analyst, strategist and commentator on public policy, is a maven of the Hispanic community. Throughout her career, her passion has centered on the education and empowerment of Latinos on public policy and politics. A frequent political analyst of NBC universal-Telemundo, Univision and CNN Español, Adryana has become one of the most well-known Hispanic conservatives on Spanish news television. Before marrying her husband, healthcare attorney Doug Aldeen, Adryana gained recognition through her work and within her community by her maiden name, Adryana Boyne.
On August 31st, 2019, TX-HD6 State Representative Matt Schaefer posted a thread of tweets in response to the call for gun reform in Texas, following the mass shooting on August 3rd at an El Paso WalMart that left 22 dead and 24 others injured. In it, he wrote, “I say NO to ‘red flag’ pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buy-backs...YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions.” The tweets received national attention, and spurred Julie Gobble, a 24-year-old UT Tyler political science senior, to run for his seat.
Born and raised in Fort Worth - a sixth-generation Texan - Amanda Arizola has dedicated her life to achieving economic stability and equitable political representation in her hometown. Arizola’s parents were public servants: a nurse and a Marine. The desire to serve is no doubt a trait they passed onto their daughter, who is involved in a variety of public service boards and advocacy organizations.
Before Lupe Valdez made history as the Democratic nominee in the 2018 Texas Gubernatorial Election, her life was characterized by public service and a knowledge of the hardships faced by Texas minorities. As a young girl and the daughter of migrant workers living in the poorest zip code in San Antonio, Valdez was given the opportunity to attend a better school in the wealthier part of the city. She bussed herself every morning and it was then she first recognized the gross inequity among the communities in San Antonio. She remembers rainy days as the most obvious indicator that she didn’t enjoy the same privilege as her classmates. When it rained, Valdez would get to school and have to clean her shoes, unlike her mostly Caucasian classmates. She realized that she was the only student with muddy shoes because her neighborhood did not have paved sidewalks. After high school, she attended college in Oklahoma and commissioned in the United States Army after getting her bachelor’s degree.
Jennifer Skidonenko is running for District 106 for the Texas House of Representatives, located near Northeast Denton county in North Texas. Though this is her first campaign for public office, this isn’t Jennifer’s first time working within the political sphere. In 2018, following the shooting at Parkland High School, Jennifer founded the local chapter of Moms Demand Action in Denton County, an organization that advocates for gun violence prevention—especially in schools. Prior to this, Jennifer volunteered on local political campaigns like Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate race. Now, Jennifer is taking the reigns into her own hands—leading the way in her own campaign for office.
Lyda Ness-García, the co-founder of Women’s March of El Paso and Stand with El Paso Women, an activist for child advocacy and immigration reform, a family law attorney, and child welfare expert, is a force to be reckoned with. Born in North Carolina and raised in Athens, Greece, her childhood played a crucial role in shaping her into the advocate and activist she has become for El Paso. Listening to the old radio in her grandmother’s kitchen, she realized at a very young age how important it is to learn and talk about what is happening in the world.