Jessica Cisneros Announces Rematch Run Against Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar

'We’re ready to finish the job that we started,' said Cisneros, who narrowly lost to the veteran incumbent Dem in 2020.

8/6/2021 5:21:00 AM

'We’re ready to finish the job that we started,' said Cisneros, who narrowly lost to the veteran incumbent Dem in 2020.

'We’re ready to finish the job that we started,' said Cisneros, who narrowly lost to the veteran incumbent Democrat in 2020.

.“The last election showed that people are ready for new leadership and we’re ready to finish the job that we started,” Cisneros told HuffPost.“A lot of people were left with so much hope last election cycle,” she added. “We were asking folks to envision the impossible and we were so close that we could taste that victory. I wanted to honor all the hard work that everyone put into this election.”

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Thomas McKinless/Getty ImagesJessica Cisneros fell short in her 2020 primary challenge by less than 4 percentage points. She has since stayed in the district to work as an immigration lawyer.Cisneros, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, briefly practiced law in New York City before moving home to Laredo in 2019 to run against Cuellar in Texas’ 28th Congressional District.

As the COVID-19 pandemic set in, Cisneros stayed in the district to work as an immigration attorney along the Texas-Mexico border. She joined Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Laredo office, where she represents low-income clients in need of legal representation. She has also been working as a supervising attorney at the Laredo office for RAICES, a nonprofit that represents undocumented immigrants in detention.

Cisneros, a proponent of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, champions causes that excite the national progressive movement.But she used a two-minuteannouncement videoto advertise her ties to working-class people in South Texas.“They said we had no chance. They said the patrones were just too powerful. They said change was impossible here,” Cisneros says as images of the district’s neighborhoods and workers appear on screen. “But we showed them that the dreams of immigrants, truckers, rancheros and teachers can be just as powerful as their corporate dollars.”

The camera then shows her atop a horse alongside her cowboy hat-clad father.“Now we’re back to finish what we started ― to do what my dad taught me: Work hard, keep at it, y enseñar que la esperanza nunca muere,” she says, using the Spanish words for “and teach that hope never dies.”

Cisneros argues that Cuellar has failed to address the social and economic challenges heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.Joe Biden’s values align better with our campaign’s than they do with Henry Cuellar’s.Jessica Cisneros, candidate, Texas' 28th Congressional District

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