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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 1.

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

My name is Liz De La Torre, and I’m running because Ward 1 deserves a bold leader who will put the diverse voices of our neighborhoods and communities first. I’m an advocate for trauma victims, a first-generation American, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a proud graduate of Saint Paul Public Schools.

I’m running for City Council because Saint Paul can do more to serve our communities and fulfill the promise of Ward 1. 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 1 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 councilmember, and I’m eager to have a robust dialogue about the issues affecting Ward 1.

We can build a stronger Ward 1 together – and I can’t wait to get started.

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.

A bit more about me

I grew up on Saint Paul’s East Side – as a kid, I watched my parents struggle to make ends meet and fulfill the promise of the American Dream that brought them to this great nation. We were like a lot of immigrant families – as the oldest of five kids, I had to grow up fast and set an example for my brothers and sisters. I was the first person in my family to graduate from high school and college.

I put myself through college working two full-time jobs. I worked as a personal care attendant for children and individuals with mental disabilities and as a restaurant server making $2.25 an hour.  I’ve had to support myself and my dreams for higher education on a paycheck that sometimes totaled less than $10 a shift. I know firsthand that poverty wages and unpredictability are no way for our us to build prosperity.

In 2012, I joined Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s re-election campaign as a field organizer. I worked to elect Congresswoman McCollum and DFLers in Saint Paul, Ramsey County,  and the East Metro. Over the next few years, I was fortunate to serve the people of the 4th Congressional District in official and campaign capacities for the next four years. I learned that people need and deserve to be heard about the issues that affect them.

But after the 2016 election, I made the decision to serve my community in a different way.

I transitioned from volunteer to staff, serving victims/survivors at SOS – Sexual Violence Services, a division of Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health. I became the agency’s first Systems Advocacy Coordinator with a focus on identifying gaps and eliminating barriers in the civil and criminal legal systems on behalf of the individuals we serve.  I counsel victims, who are overwhelmingly women, adolescents, and children, to ensure they have access to the support, information, resources, and medical services they need and deserve.

Working with victims and survivors of sexual violence is challenging and emotionally grueling. But it is also inspiring to work with people who are so resilient in the face of unimaginable pain. It’s a daily reminder to me that we are so much more than our worst experiences and that lifting up our most vulnerable neighbors ensures that we all can all achieve our full potential.