Candace Valenzuela

For US House Representative, TX-24

Portrait of For US House Representative, TX-24

Position Sought

U.S. Representative, Texas, 24th Congressional District

Current Position

At-large representative on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District school board

Date of Run off

July 14, 2020

Date of General Election

November 3, 2020


Higher Heights was proud to endorse Candace Valenzuela for the Texas 24th Congressional District.

Candace Valenzuela is an at-large representative on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District school board in Texas. She is the first Latina and the first African-American woman to serve on the board.

Candace is a mother, an educator and a lifelong Texan. The daughter of U.S. Army veterans, Valenzuela was born and raised in El Paso, Texas into a family with generations of military service. Her great-grandfather came to the United States from Mexico, and fought in World War I, and her grandfather fought in World War II. She often says that her father once jumped out of airplanes for a living, while her mother fixed them.

Candace  knows intimately what the impact is to a family that can’t afford a place to live or food to eat. She has also struggled to afford costly medical bills due to a pre-existing condition. After her mother left the military, their family struggled financially, and they were homeless for a time. Despite these challenges, Candace  persevered, overcame incredible odds and excelled in school, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She has since devoted her life to fighting for opportunities for others. 

Candace has pursued work in education, including mentoring youth, tutoring and working with special-needs students. She was inspired to enter public service when she became a mother. Determined to fight for access to education, Valenzuela became involved in local politics and ran for office for the first time in 2017. She was elected to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District board as an at-large representative, defeating an 18-year incumbent. Since joining the board, she has been an advocate for greater fiscal transparency and has worked to expand STEM education, vocational training and coding academies in district schools. She has also pushed for funding for school renovations, and she has focused on making sure the district is inclusive and welcoming to students of all backgrounds.

Candace sees the correlations between high quality education, healthy and safe neighborhoods, and affordable communities where families can support and nurture themselves with living wages and benefits. 

Higher Heights for America PAC strongly encouraged its members to support Valenzuela’s campaign with their time, talent and resources.  

For more information on Candace Valenzuela’s campaign visit