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Cynthia Valadez-Mata Jr for Texas LULAC Deputy State Director for Women

Cynthia Valadez-Mata Jr for Texas LULAC Deputy State Director for Women

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Cynthia Valadez-Mata Jr.cvaladezmata@aol.comI humbly ask for your support for Texas LULAC Deputy State Director for Women...
To My LULAC Sisters and Brothers,First of all, I want to thank you all for what you do for our community. Today, I hope that you hadthe chance to reflect on those who have given their lives in support of our great country. Mygrandfather fought in the Korean War and I have many family members that have served, and arestill serving, in the military. We pray for them and honor their commitment as they have fought,and continue to fight, to keep us free. As we go into this LULAC State Convention, I was asked to consider running for Deputy StateDirector for Women. I have considered this request very seriously and have decided to run. It ismy hope that you will support me. Each and every one of you are important to the organizationand as advocates for our community. I humbly ask that you be there THIS weekend and Irespectfully ask for you to help me win this position. This will be a difficult election consideringwhat our State LULAC has had to endure over the past 2 years. I ask that each of your councildelegates be there for the election on Sunday, but more importantly, to participate in the greatworkshops that will be held. Aside from the LULAC politics, there are always great workshops andevents at each convention. In addition, it is always great to see old LULAC friends from other partsof the State and also to build new friendships with NEW LULACers.Even though this is my first statewide LULAC campaign, I do believe that I have much to offer. Iwas fortunate to be born into a family with a generational history of public service, advocacy, andfor educational/political/legal/social/economic equity for our Latino/a population. Born in McAllen,Texas (Hidalgo County), my family moved to Austin when Mark White was elected Governor of Texas. Both of my parents (Orlando S. Mata and Cynthia Valadez) have served as District VIIDirectors and have stood strong in support of the principles espoused in our LULAC Constitution.My late aunt, Audelia Mata, served as legislative assistant to State Representative Lauro Cruz,sponsor of the Bilingual Law in the Texas House when Senator Carlos Truan was the sponsor inthe Texas Senate. My grandfather, Oscar Ruben Valadez, was the first Latino to serve as a highschool principal in Dallas Independent School District at North Dallas High School, the firstMejicano to serve as the Vice-President of the Dallas Community College District, and an earlyfounder of TACHE (Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education). My grandmother, GloriaReyna (Cavazos) Valadez, was the first Bilingual Curriculum writer in Dallas ISD. My great-grandfather, Jose Narciso Cavazos, was the founder and first School Board President of the LaJoya Independent School District. Both of my parents supported past LULAC National PresidentRuben Bonilla in this capacity and as Chair of the Texas Mexican American Democrats (MAD). MyGodmother, Marie Castillo Velasquez (Mrs. Roy Velasquez Jr.), was a longtime member of LadiesLULAC Council # 202 in Austin, Texas.For those of you that have served with me on the LULAC State Executive Board, I hope that myparticipation and my advocacy will be what you remember about me and my service to LULAC. Asthe current District VII Director, I worked very hard for the recent historical passage of SingleMember Districts in Austin, Texas; have advocated for our PUBLIC education system, staff, andstudents in AISD and for our English Language Learners (ELLs); have served as an advocate for families who have children with disabilities, especially as they struggle to navigate the ARD

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