story by: Yol-Itzma Aguirre
With historic sweeps in counties across Texas this past midterm election, it seems that people are still feeling the momentum and are encouraged to run, which is a GREAT thing. When us, the regular tax paying voter, is the candidate – then we will have people in office that really understand the needs of the everyday working person/family.
Considering the fact that Texas (Tejas) was originally Mexico and that we (the Latino/a Latinx population) make up close to half of the population, it is crazy that we still lack representation holding local office seats, such as city council, school board, etc… In the case of Dallas, history is upon the horizon for the coveted position of mayor.
There have been Latino men that have previously run for the office of Mayor but none have been elected, what caught our attention was the fact that there are two candidates that could give Dallas a potential historic first.
Miguel Solis, native Texan, Democrat, former Dallas ISD School Board President and President of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, has been working hard to make changes in Dallas. Already having made history as the youngest Dallas ISD School Board President, Solis is now on track to possibly become the first Latino (and the youngest) mayor of Dallas.
“It’s time for a new leader with new ideas who will work to create paths to prosperity for all. That’s why I am running for mayor – to transform our city, together.” – Miguel Solis
Read his platform on the the topics here and you can follow along his tweets below:
The next Democratic candidate we are excited about is attorney, Regina Montoya, who has now become the first Latina to ever run for the office of Mayor. Montoya, a Harvard graduate, has built a strong and phenomenal resume which includes serving on multiple boards, both civic and non-profit. Her service to Dallas includes her most recent positions as: co-chair of the Poverty Task Force and Vice Chair of the board of directors for both MALDEF and DFW International Airport. If elected Montoya would become the first mayor from our community and the first Latina mayor as well.
“I want to have a city that empowers its citizens through transportation and education and make sure there are real economic opportunities in all of our communities that make them vibrant and safe.” – Regina Montoya
You can read her platform here and follow along her tweets below
The race for Dallas Mayor is turning out to be a crowded one and right now there is no clear front runner but we are hoping to to celebrate one of these two candidates as a historic win on Saturday May 4th 2019.