Immigrant justice is not a political talking point for me; its personal. As the descendant of immigrant parents who came to this country seeking a better life I know first hand how hard my parents had to work to give us the life they never had. It’s sad to say that one of my first memories at James C. Wright middle school was when my community was in fear because of a scare of a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. I’ve been an advocate of immigrant rights and justice all my life because my family means everything to me. That is why I will fight like hell to protect not only them but the greater immigrant community in Dane County. As your next Dane County Supervisor this means advocating for increased resources for immigrants living in Dane County, access to translators, and fighting for absolutely ZERO collaboration between Dane County and ICE, Period.


In 2017 I was struggling. I remember having to crash with a friend for about a month before finding a small overpriced studio in downtown Madison. It was unaffordable, the walls were very thin, and the building had a bug problem. After only three months of moving in I faced the fear of eviction. I had to scramble to find housing. This lead me to where I am now; Audre Lorde Cooperative. Properly named after a queer black feminist who spoke truth to power.  I luckily was able to join this new community that supports people of color and queer folx. Had it not been for this amazing coop community things could have gotten a lot worse. 

This is why I believe that housing is a human right. I believe that means doing everything we can to ensure everyone who wants one has an affordable and safe place to call home. Dane County can do a lot more to prevent evictions and homelessness in our community. Your Dane County Supervisor must fight against greedy developers who wish to raise rents. Your Dane County Supervisor must fight to increase resources for eviction prevention so that anyone facing the risk of being homeless can stay in their home. Your Dane County Supervisor must also fight and advocate for better laws that protect tenants and lessen the power of landlords that only seek to serve their own interests. I plan to be that Dane County Supervisor; because no on should have to fear eviction or homelessness ever again.   


We only have one planet to call home and with the effects of climate change continuing to wreck havoc on communities across Dane County I plan on making sustainability one of my top priorities once elected to the Dane County Board. The Board is responsible for doing their part in reversing the effects of climate change by passing resolutions, ordinances, and by funding projects and organizations whose mission is to protect our environment. That is why I am a supporter of the “Dane County Government Sustainability Operations Plan” that was completed in 2016. I also support projects such as “Suck the Muck” which aims to remove thousands of pounds of phosphorus from our lakes and water ways. Thanks to projects like “Suck the Muck” UW students and residents living in District 5 have directly benefited by having access to cleaner and healthier lakes! WKOW News even reported that there were less algae blooms that lead to only 85 beach closures as of August 2nd, 2019 compared to the 187 beach closures just the year before! 


I am a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable and should not be tolerated within our growing community. I am proud of the work that is done at Outreach LGBTQ Community Center and the UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center. It is important that Dane County continue to support local organizations in their fight for LGBTQ+ rights. County departments and contractors should do more to make sure queer folx and queer people of color are hired all throughout Dane County. As a Queer Latinx person I promise to fight back against any proposed funding cuts to any projects or organizations that help better the lives of LGBTQ+ folx in our district and throughout Dane County.

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