Delia comes from a very civically engaged family. Her parents encouraged her to give back to the community and pursue higher education. Delia currently resides in the Sweetbriar neighborhood in Austin. Following in her father’s footsteps, Delia became one of the first Mexican American female firefighters in the Austin Fire Department. As a member of Local 975, Delia worked tirelessly advocating for fair wages and safe working conditions. She also represented firefighters during two contract negotiating cycles and was elected to the local’s executive board. After six years of service, Delia pursued her law degree and began working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division. Delia won election to the Austin City Council representing District 2 in November 2014.
Pilar Candia was born and raised in El Paso and currently resides in Fort Worth with her husband and three daughters. Pilar received a degree in International Affairs and Political Science from the Tecnologico de Monterrey. Pilar’s commitment to her community is extensive. She is on the board of the “North Texas Young Latino Leaders” as well as president of the community group “Alianza Chihuahua” and is a liaison between the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican community in Fort Worth. Pilar is also the president of a LULAC chapter and serves on the board of the “Multicultural Western Heritage Museum”. Currently, Pilar is the field director for the “Alameel Foundation” providing low income families with educational resources.
Erika Beltran is an educator committed to improving public education in Texas. She was born and raised in District 13 on the north side of Fort Worth and is a proud graduate of North Side High School. A former educator, Erika also attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Public Affairs in 2006. Erika spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and focused on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. She later moved on to Washington D.C. where she spent five years working for a national civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families. Currently, Erika works for Teaching Trust where she directs a leadership development program for teachers. Erika was elected to the State Board of Education representing District 13 in November 2014.
Ana brings a passion to serving her community to her candidacy for city council. Ms. Reyes has served as the District Manager for State Representative Rafael Anchia for several legislative terms. Prior to her public service, she worked as a human resources and accounting associate. She attended the University at Texas at Dallas where she studied Business Administration and she participated in the International Studies Program at the Universidad de Sevilla in southern Spain. Ana is an active volunteer at local citizenship workshops and served on the Farmer’s Branch Police Department Training Advisory Board since 2008. Ms. Reyes was elected to the Farmer’s Branch City Council representing District 1 in May 2013 becoming the first Latina on the council.
Sara was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and currently resides in Dallas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from Loyola Marymount University and obtained her law degree from the University of Southern California. Sara was a legislative assistant to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina focusing on access to health and mental health resources for low-income communities. After law school, Sara returned to her home in the Rio Grande Valley and served as a grant writer for Tropical Texas Behavioral Health and the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank. She currently runs a solo law practice in the areas of criminal and family law. Sara remains committed to improving access to the legal system for marginalized communities. Sara was elected as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1 in November 2014.