Teresa Alonso Leon doesn’t think so. She moved to Oregon from Mexico when she was four years old. She learned English through public school systems, and then went on to become the first person in her family to graduate college at Western Oregon University.
Now, she’s running for a seat in the Oregon State House on a platform of supporting Oregon’s small and local businesses, reducing the influence of big money in politics, and investing in Oregon’s strong education system.
We know today’s state legislators are tomorrow’s Congresswoman. Right now, the U.S. Congress is made up of less than 20% women, and the only way to change it is by supporting candidates like Teresa to rise up through state legislatures and fight for working families all along the way.
Teresa has spent her life in Oregon’s education system and runs Oregon’s GED program. She knows affordable and accessible education is the key to a successful future, regardless of race, class, or background.
While you may live far from Teresa’s neighborhood, this race impacts you too. State legislatures are laboratories for policies and can quickly spread nationwide. Raising the minimum wage is still a state by state fight, and one that made $15 a necessary rally cry for the democratic presidential candidates. Bad policies can be replicated quickly too, like anti-labor legislation. We need to make sure progressives are in office so that it’s the working families policies catching on like wildfire. Click here to help Teresa win by chipping in $3.