Friday, August 19, 2022

Jessica Cisneros, the Latina Millennial Going Against a Conservative Democrat in the Texas Primaries

Jessica Cisneros, a 28-year-old first-generation Mexican immigration lawyer from Laredo will go against Rep. Henry Cuellar for a seat in the House of Representatives to represent Texas’s 28th Congressional District.

Cisneros graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree on immigration law. Her parents came to the United States when her older sister needed immediate medical help. Once in the U.S. her father began a trucking business.

Two years ago, Cisneros nearly won against Rep. Cuellar, a conservative Democrat and 17-year House veteran. But Rep. Cuellar was able to win because of many years of name recognition and a very generous campaign account.

Today, she has gone into the race optimistic, hoping that the years spent strengthening her relationship with the community, having a stronger grass-roots campaign, and an increased amount of liberal San Antonio voters will be enough for her to win.

Cisneros believes Rep. Cuellar, who is against abortion rights and does not support President Biden’s immigration policies is out of touch with what the community of the 28th district wants.  She has included in her agenda Medi-care for all, a better immigration reform, and support for abortion rights.

The Washington Post