I believe in the collective of us; that we are stronger when we fight for our most vulnerable neighbors. Our city can – and must – do more to provide equitable access to affordable housing, jobs with fair wages, and essential services across Ward One.

I am seeking the DFL endorsement on April 28th, and I hope I can be your first choice and in the general election on Nov 5th.

Saint Paul City Council Candidate Liz De La Torre Committed to Running

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I wanted to share an update with you, and with all the voters of Ward 1.

Many of you may have noticed that I have been quieter and more absent over the last several weeks. Though my campaign has never closed its doors, I have been dealing with a personal challenge that has kept me from running the robust, aggressive campaign I wanted.

I’ve always been very open about my health issues. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life and have successfully managed my Hashimoto’s disease for years under the care of an endocrinologist. This spring, I was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes fevers, tissue damage, joint pain, and exhaustion. Since then, I have struggled to balance the demands of work and campaigning with my personal health and well-being.

But with the support of my friends and family and the help of medical specialists, I have recovered some of my strength and refocused on my top priority: representing the people of Ward 1 on the Saint Paul City Council. It is with energy and excitement, as well as humility, that I share this news with you and recommit myself to earning your vote this November.

Continuing to run for office with a chronic health issue was not an easy decision. I know it will mean stretching myself to my physical, emotional, and mental limits. I also know it will mean running a different campaign than I planned. But I’m ready to take on the challenge.

As an advocate for victims of sexual violence, I am constantly inspired by the strength and resilience of my clients. I decided to run for city council so I could fight for meaningful policy changes that would improve their lives, and the lives of all our vulnerable neighbors. But I’m staying in this race to follow the example of my parents, who risked their lives to build a better life for my siblings and me in the United States.

As daunting as this challenge feels, I am honored by the support and encouragement I have received from so many of you. I want to show others — especially other women of color — that no barrier is high enough to keep us out of the halls of power.

I’m ready to fight for a stronger Ward 1 — and I hope you will join me.

De La Torre-Bowie Joint Statement: Saint Paul City Council Candidates Unify Against Flawed Endorsement Process

While we are disappointed in the way that things turned out today, we are so proud that we could join together to defend equity and transparency for delegates.
 
We did everything we could to participate fully in the process and abide by the endorsement. However, it became clear that the process was not fair, transparent, or equitable. The Saint Paul DFL was unable to establish a legitimate process and we could not continue to participate.
 
We united together across campaign lines and rhetoric to lead by example and ensure that people – not institutions – are the center of our decision making. We are extremely grateful to our supporters and to the Saint Paul DFL volunteers who did everything they could to make this process work, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to overcome the systemic inequalities built into the process.
 
It is important to both of us that we fight for accountability and transparency and we look forward to bringing that to the voters of Ward One in November.

 

My name is Liz De La Torre. I am a first-generation American, the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a union member, a sexual assault advocate, a renter, and a proud graduate of Saint Paul Public Schools and I am running to represent the diverse voices of Ward One at City Hall.

I’m running for City Council because Saint Paul can do more to serve our communities and fulfill the promise of Ward One. We must work better with our partners at the state and county to better serve all our neighbors.  Constituent services should be rooted at the heart of all of our elected representatives, especially at the city level. Ward One deserves to know where our leaders stand on all the issues at this critical time in Saint Paul.  We deserve a bold, unwavering advocate to fight for transparent, people-centered government. We need someone who will fight for fair wages, affordable housing, and the essential services that will lift up families and create prosperity for all our communities.

I hope to earn your support, but first: I look forward to listening.  Throughout my career – whether in politics or social service – I have learned that strong advocacy starts with honest conversation and collaboration. I look forward to learning about the kind of leadership my neighbors expect from their council member, and I’m eager to have a robust dialogue about the issues affecting Ward One.

We can build a stronger Ward One together – and I can’t wait to get started.

Learn more about me.

Find out where I stand.

Learn about who supports my campaign.

Saint Paul can do more to serve our communities, and we can work better with our partners at the state and county to better serve all our neighbors.

Support my campaign to make this a reality.