Date: Thursday, December 27
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Eastwood Park
Joaquin Martinez’s Remarks at Press Conference Announcing His Candidacy.
Good morning, my name is Joaquin Martinez, and I am a candidate for the Texas Senate District 6 race next month. My aim is to bring a fresh perspective to the political arena with regards to this district, because I firmly believe that true progress can only be born of new ideas. However, these ideas must be based on an understanding of the context that we live in.
Growing up as one of 12 children in my parents’ home in East End, I was afforded many experiences and lessons that have helped shape my personality, values, and worldview. I have developed a deep and sincere appreciation of family – and I have come to perceive my community as an extension of my family. My siblings and I have inherited our concept of family and community from our parents.
In addition to raising 12 children, my parents always made a point to remain active in our community. My mother has been active in senior programs at Immaculate Heart, American Legions, Settegast Park, and here at Eastwood Park and countless other groups. My father has been active at East End Little League, where he has watched many children become good citizens and parents. He has also instilled civic engagement through a number of local campaigns he involved our family in. My siblings followed suit and have been active in our community as well.
Growing up, I held my parents in the highest regard, and gave them the utmost respect. I was very proud to be part of our family. I was raised to have that same respect and pride for our community – and that pride and respect for where I come from remains intact today.
I have been engaged in this community in a multitude of ways: personally, socially, and professionally. Aside from being born and raised in East End, attending primary and secondary schools in the same area, and being a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Second Ward, I have also worked at Ripley House.
In fact, I worked with Community Centers for over 10 years, and I have worked in 4 other locations: Pasadena, La Porte, Sunnyside, and Independent Heights. All of these locations service within the Texas Senate District 6. I have been a youth program manager and a program coordinator with Neighborhood Centers.
I am not a career politician. I do not have years of experience in a political office. However, I do have over a decade of experience working with communities. It was through my work in various communities [that are within this district] that I grew to better understand the context that we live in. To say I worked in the community is an understatement. I have worked with individuals and families – each with their own stories, struggles, desires, and goals.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to build bridges and tight bonds with many members in my community – just as my parents have. I have reached a point in my life where I want to be of more service to my community. I am ready to serve on a larger scale. I feel everything I have seen and experienced along the way had a purpose: to compel me to seek solutions to societal issues and to keep me grounded in my community so I will never forget where I come from.
I am ready to construct coalitions, collaborate with those ready to act, and to represent the interests of those that I, as a Senator, am supposed to represent. Conversely, I am prepared to fight for this district in the face of opponents who have opposing interests. The State of Texas has been governed by a group of people who seem to not care about the interests of common people.
For example, Texas Republicans want to cut billions of dollars from public schools to cover holes in the budget. This is not a solution; in fact, it will only spawn more problems. I have seen firsthand the impact that education has on the lives of families. Weakening public education weakens opportunities for the general population and puts our future in jeopardy.
Education is one of the many interconnected issues that must be reviewed and worked on. In the coming weeks, I will be campaigning for the opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air into Texas politics.
Join me in my grassroots campaign… a ground-up mission to bring positive changes for our communities. Again, my name is Joaquin Martinez, and I am a candidate for the Texas Senate District 6 race.