On November 7, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Candace Valenzuela for Texas’ 24th Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“EMILY's List is proud to endorse Candace Valenzuela for Congress. Candace overcame incredible odds, including a period of homelessness, to become an educator and win a spot on her local school board, and now she is running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all Texans. She has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities through education and will work tirelessly for all students and families to get a fair shot.
“Candace is running for the open seat being vacated by Republican Congressman Kenny Marchant. Deep-pocketed special interests will do everything they can to win this seat, but Candace has what it takes to win with our help. We look forward to showing her the full support of the EMILY’s List community to help elect this champion for Texas students and families.”
Candace, whose mother is Mexican-American and father is African American, became the first Latina and the first African American woman elected to her diverse community’s school board in 2017 by defeating an 18-year incumbent. Candace and her husband live in Dallas and are the parents of two young children.
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