Candace Valenzuela Statement on 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths

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Declaración de Candace Valenzuela sobre 200.000 muertes por COVID-19

Today, the United States passed a tragic threshold as Johns Hopkins University [reported] (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/cumulative-cases) that over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. **Democrat Candace Valenzuela, a mother and educator running for Congress in Texas’ 24th District, responded with the following statement:** “North Texans are hurting. Thousands have died and so many folks in our communities are mourning loved ones passing. This is an American tragedy. We had a chance to control the virus and get our kids safely back in school this fall but Washington Republicans, cheered on by my opponent, let this pandemic spiral out of control. Even as COVID-19 hurts our communities, Beth Van Duyne hasn’t learned from her mistakes. Van Duyne has consistently [cheered] (https://twitter.com/Bethvanduyne/status/1253023191687221253) [reckless] (https://twitter.com/Bethvanduyne/status/1254850111294889990) [efforts](https://twitter.com/Bethvanduyne/status/1297187627221897218) to reopen North Texas without a plan or listening to experts. There is pain in our community, but there is also hope for a better future. In Congress, I’ll listen to the experts, stop the spread of the virus, and get folks back to work and school safely.”

Candace Valenzuela Releases First TV Ad: “Home”

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Candace Valenzuela lanza su primer anuncio de televisión: "Hogar"

Today, Candace Valenzuela, a mother and educator running for Congress in Texas’ 24th District, released the first ad of her general election campaign: [“Home."] (https://twitter.com/candacefor24/status/1308386815917912069?s=20) In the ad, Valenzuela shares her powerful story of overcoming childhood homelessness, and with the help of public schools, earning a scholarship to become the first in her family to go to college. Valenzuela then became an educator and a school board trustee to give back to her community and ensure that every North Texan has access to the opportunities that uplifted her family. [The ad] (https://twitter.com/candacefor24/status/1308386815917912069?s=20) will reach TX-24 voters across the Dallas-Fort Worth market on broadcast and cable, backed by a significant six-figure buy. “Just like millions of North Texans, I know the struggle of having to work two or even three jobs to keep a roof over your head and to pay ballooning health care bills,” **said Candace Valenzuela.** “North Texans need a leader that understands the obstacles working families are facing and will fight for them –– not the corporate special interests. In Congress, I will work to lower health care costs, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and stop the spread of this virus so folks can get back to work safely.” [**WATCH "HOME"**] (https://twitter.com/candacefor24/status/1308386815917912069?s=20)

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Today, to mark the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, Democrat Candace Valenzuela, a mother, educator, and candidate for Congress in Texas’ 24th Congressional District who would be the first Black Latina Member of Congress, released the following statement: “Latino communities are an integral part of American life and culture, and this month we take special care to recognize their extraordinary contributions to our communities, particularly in North Texas,” **said Candace Valenzuela.** “This Hispanic Heritage Month, we must redouble our efforts to close the persistent health and wage gaps that harm Latino communities. In North Texas and across the country, Latinos are getting sick and dying from COVID-19 at disproportionate rates. In Congress, I’ll stand up for all North Texans, demand access to affordable health care for all communities, get this virus under control, and get folks back to work safely.”

Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Candace Valenzuela

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El vicepresidente Joe Biden Da su Respaldo a Candace Valenzuela

Today, former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Candace Valenzuela, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Texas’ 24th District. Valenzuela, a working mother, educator and former school board member who would be the first Black Latina elected to Congress, is centering her campaign on getting folks back to work safely, protecting health care for Texans with pre-existing conditions, lowering prescription drug costs, and putting working families first — not corporate special interests. "Health care is personal to Candace Valenzuela,” **said Vice President Biden.** “She knows what it means to work multiple jobs to pay off a medical bill — that's why I know she’ll never stop fighting for quality, lower cost health care for North Texans. As we face down this virus, Candace will listen to the experts, protect those with pre-existing conditions, and fight for job and skills training to rebuild our manufacturing economy and create good paying jobs. I’m proud to endorse her campaign for Congress." “It is an honor to have the endorsement of Vice President Biden,” **said Candace Valenzuela.** “In Washington, Joe and I will put working families first by listening to the experts, expanding access to quality, affordable health care, stopping the spread of the virus and getting North Texans back to work safely.”

Candace Valenzuela Statement on Back-to-School Week

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Declaración de Candace Valenzuela por la Semana de Regreso a Clases

This week, North Texans are heading back to school, but as the pandemic continues to spread in our communities, many are learning to “log in” for their first day of class. In response, Democrat Candace Valenzuela, a mother and educator running for Congress in Texas’ 24th District, responded with the following statement: “My oldest son should be walking into kindergarten this week. Instead, I helped him ‘log in’ for his first day of class. Teachers are putting forth extraordinary effort to teach our kids, but whether they are online or in school, these conditions make everyone feel set up for failure. We had a chance to control the virus and get our kids safely back in school this fall, but Washington Republicans, cheered on by my opponent, let this pandemic spiral out of control. Even as COVID-19 hurts our communities, Beth Van Duyne hasn’t learned from her mistakes. Her comments were the latest in a string of statements cheering reckless efforts to reopen North Texas without a plan or listening to experts. In Congress, I’ll listen to the experts, stop the spread of the virus, and get folks back to work and school safely.”

Candace Valenzuela Statement Celebrating Unions and the Middle Class on Labor Day Weekend

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Declaración de Candace Valenzuela en homenaje a los sindicatos y la clase media en fin de semana del Día del Trabajo

This weekend, Candace Valenzuela, a working mother, educator, and the Democratic nominee for Congress in Texas’ 24th Congressional District, joined thousands of North Texas workers in celebrating Labor Day. Valenzuela, a former school board member who would be the first Black Latina elected to Congress, is centering her campaign on getting folks back to work safely, protecting health care for Texans with pre-existing conditions, lowering prescription drug costs, and putting working families first — not the wealthy special interests. “Today, I’m thinking about the unions that built the middle class and continue to provide ladders of opportunity for working families,” **said Candace Valenzuela.** “I’m thinking about the union workers that are the backbone of our economy. I’m thinking about the essential workers who are on the frontlines saving lives and delivering critical services every day during this pandemic. But while we celebrate labor, we must also call out wealthy special interests and Washington politicians who seek to gut unions and stifle opportunities for working families. In Congress, I’ll stand up to the special interests and fight to expand skills training opportunities, invest in Texas workers, and create thousands of dignified, well-paid manufacturing jobs across North Texas.” Valenzuela is endorsed by leading labor organizations including the Texas AFL-CIO.

Candace Valenzuela’s Statement on Women’s Equality Day

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Declaración de Candace Valenzuela en el Día de la Igualdad de la Mujer

Today, as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Candace Valenzuela, a working mother, educator, and the Democratic nominee for Congress in Texas’ 24th district, released the following statement: “On Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate progress, recognize obstacles, and resolve to continue the fight to secure basic human rights and achieve equal opportunity for all. There’s much to celebrate. 100 years ago, we won a centuries-long fight for women’s suffrage with the 19th Amendment. But back then and even now, people have tried to suppress women from wielding their power at the ballot box. Women constitute only 24 percent of Congress, and that lack of representation manifests in our laws. To achieve true equality, we need more women in office who will fight to secure robust paid family and medical leave, repel the ongoing assault on the right to choose, and demand an end to voter suppression efforts that particularly target women of color.”

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