SHIRLEY GONZALES, CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

THANK YOU

My thanks to the residents of District 5 who have voted their confidence in me to serve as their representative on the City Council. Now in my 3rd term and 5th year of service I am privileged to represent my neighbors, the district's residents.

LIFELONG DISTRICT 5 ROOTS

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who started their own business in the heart of the West Side. I was raised to appreciate my family's historical ties and culture, which I share with residents of District 5.

I attended Ursuline Academy and earned Bachelor and Master in Business Administration degrees from St. Mary’s University. I have been working in the family-owned business for 25 years and enjoy supporting educational institutions and service organizations making a difference in the neighborhood.

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, MOTHER, EQUITY ADVOCATE

As District 5's representative on the council, I am blessed to be able use my experience as owner of a 50- year-old legacy business and mother of 3 young children as a fierce advocate for budget and resource equity.

The heart of the district is within the original 36 square miles of the city with many historic walkable neighborhoods. Regrettably, for many years this area experienced an exodus due to declining investments in public infrastructure and services, especially in the years before single member districts. While we continue to need significant public infrastructure investments, District 5 is home to some of the city's most historic and beautiful sites. It has a unique culture kept alive by vibrant resident neighbors. Our neighborhoods have the grid design to cost effectively provide sustainable infrastructure, parks, walkability, bike lanes, accessible public transit, and traffic calming streets.

Given this unique combination of history and opportunity, I am a passionate advocate for equitable allocation of the city's investments, resources and services to the district. I am convinced that equitable investments will inure to the overall economic benefit of the entire community as we begin removing the unwanted title as the most economically segregated city in the nation.

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