Updated: Wednesday June 24th

Voters need to see that there is a clear choice between Candace Valenzuela and Kim Olson on education.

As the Human Resources Chief of the Dallas Independent School District, Olson caused “the largest fiscal crisis in DISD history.”12 Her response to the crisis was laying off hundreds of teachers and staff.3 She also insulted educators, saying “most teachers don’t understand leadership.”4

Meanwhile, Candace Valenzuela overcame childhood homelessness to become the first in her family to graduate from college and served on the school board to protect the same opportunities that transformed her life. On the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District board, she fought for a pay raise for teachers, to keep our children safe from gun violence, and expand STEM and vocational training.

Voters on the go, all of those who voted in the March 3rd primary and any voter of color who has ever voted in a Democratic primary, need to know that Candace Valenzuela would be the first Black Latina ever elected to Congress. Valenzuela has been endorsed by Congressman John Lewis, Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

1: “DISD: Hitting Bottom, Then Reaching for a Shovel to Dig Deeper.” 27 SNov. 2008, https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/disd-hitting-bottom-then-reaching-for-a-shovel-to-dig-deeper-6373295. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.
2: "DISD employees' praise of HR results in scolding." 6 Nov. 2008, https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2008/11/06/disd-employees-praise-of-hr-results-in-scolding/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2020.
3: DISD: Hitting Bottom, Then Reaching for a Shovel to Dig Deeper.” 27 Nov. 2008, https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/disd-hitting-bottom-then-reaching-for-a-shovel-to-dig-deeper-6373295. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.
4: “The Super - D Magazine.” https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2008/disd/the-super/. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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