A community leader, experienced educator, and lifelong Texan
Candace Valenzuela is a community leader, experienced educator, and lifelong Texan running for Congress to fight for Texas children and families. Candace overcame incredible odds early in life and has dedicated her career to expanding opportunity for others. She grew up in a family with a long tradition of military service, and both her parents served in the U.S. Army. Candace’s family struggled financially after her mother left the military, and they experienced homelessness for a time. Candace persevered and excelled in school, earning a full scholarship to college and becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. She became an educator herself, mentoring youth, tutoring, and working with special-needs students. She ran for her local school board in 2017 to fight for all students, and defeated an 18-year incumbent as a first-time candidate. 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, giving children and families a new voice. Now she is running for Congress to give her community a new voice in Washington. Candace and her husband are the parents of two young children they are proud to raise in their home city of Dallas.
A champion for Texas working families
Candace is running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all Texans. She knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle — and the difference that educational opportunities can make. A fierce advocate for students and families, Candace works to expand STEM education, vocational training, and coding academies in district schools and is focused on making sure the district is inclusive and welcoming to students of all backgrounds. When elected to Congress, Candace will work tirelessly for all students and families to get a fair shot.
An opportunity to turn an open seat blue
Candace is running for the open seat currently held by retiring Republican incumbent Congressman Kenny Marchant. In 2018, Marchant was reelected by just 3 percentage points despite heavily outspending his opponent, and in 2020 we have the opportunity to help Candace flip this seat and strengthen our House majority. This district has never before elected a woman, Latinx person, or African American to Congress, and Candace is poised to change all that as the first. Deep-pocketed Republican special interests are sure to do everything they can to hold on to this seat, but Candace has what it takes to fight back and win. She is building a strong grassroots campaign, and with the full support of the EMILY’s List community, she can bring new leadership and vision to the House.