I came to Austin in the Summer of 1982. I was all of 17 years old. I was far from home. Far from friends and far from family. Excited to be here but scared at the same time.
I was a young, gay Latina who stepped out into the world for the very first time. I would graduate from the University of Texas, serve in the Ann Richards administration, meet the love of my life, become a realtor, and later, a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
This city forged me into who I am today. I found an energy in Austin and power in people sharing ideas and fighting injustice through their activism.
I’m sure you have a similar story to tell because our city hums with opportunity, excitement, and striding our own paths forward. Lately, that promise feels out of reach for the people who make Austin what it is.
Our city deserves a mayor who fights for the people who live here and build the city around us–our teachers, construction workers, students, public service workers, artists, musicians, technologists, developers, and so many more.
Because we can’t be a city that attracts billionaires while simultaneously pushing working people to Bastrop and Buda. Diversity is our strength. We need a city that invests in the people who live here.
We have the opportunity to break up the status quo and get stuff done. We can make housing more affordable so the people who drive our economy can put down roots here. We can make our community safer and healthier by strengthening our safety nets and investing in people. We can make it easier to get around town by building a world-class public transportation system.
As your next mayor, I pledge to be a Mayor for ALL of Austin. I want everyday Austinites–working people who are ready to lend a hand to their neighbors–to lead the future of our great city.
Together, we can build a better city for the people who build this city.