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Candace Valenzuela

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Candace Valenzuela is a candidate for Texas’ 24th Congressional District. Candace was the first Latina and African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board after defeating an 18-year incumbent. The daughter of U.S. Army veterans, Candace was born and raised in El Paso, Texas into a family with generations of military service. Candace graduated from Claremont McKenna College on a full scholarship, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She then pursued work in education which included mentoring youth, tutoring, and working with special-needs students. Candace has been an advocate for greater fiscal transparency and worked to expand STEM education, vocational training, and coding academies in district schools. She has also pushed for funding for school renovations and focused on making sure the district is inclusive and welcoming to students of all backgrounds. Candace and her husband Andy, live in Dallas and are the proud parents of two children Cleto and Jacinto.

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