EDINBURG, Texas — Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez has announced his endorsement of Texas Congressional District 15 candidate Michelle Vallejo.

The announcement follows identical endorsements by state Reps. Terry Canales of Edinburg and Armando ‘Mando’ Martinez of Weslaco.

“South Texans deserve a leader who will champion the needs and issues of everyday people in Congress.” Rodriguez, pictured above, said. 

“As a community advocate and small-business owner, Michelle Vallejo has proven herself to have the integrity and the tenacity to not only fight for Democratic values but also to be a catalyst for change. That is why I am proud to endorse Michelle Vallejo to become our next United States Representative for Congressional District 15.”

Vallejo, a small business owner, said she was thrilled to receive Rodriguez’s endorsement.

“I am proud to have the support of District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez,” Vallejo said. “This is a turning point for South Texas, and together we are building a movement and a united Democratic Party that reaches every single voter. ¡Vamos Por Quince!”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Also backing Vallejo is U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., the first Mexican-American woman to ever be elected to Congress.  announces her endorsement of small business owner and community leader Michelle Vallejo for Texas’ 15th Congressional District. 

“We need leaders in Congress who are dedicated advocates for equality and dignity for all walks of life,” Roybal-Allard said. “I know that Michelle Vallejo will become a titan for change in Congress to protect vital programs like healthcare, better funding for public educators, and social security. That is why I am proud to announce my endorsement of Michelle Vallejo for Congress and join her pueblo-powered coalition.”

Roybal-Allard was the first Latina to ever serve on the House Appropriations Committee. She was also the first woman ever to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She is an original co-author of The Dream Act, which would allow certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and eventual American citizenship.

Vallejo said she was honored to receive Roybal-Allard’s backing.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.” Vallejo said. “Latina leaders like her have paved the way for my candidacy and together we are building a democratic movement and legacy that will reclaim the power of Latino Voters in South Texas. ¡Vamos Por Quince!”

Further support for Vallejo

Other groups and individuals supporting Vallejo include the United Farm Workers union, LUPE Votes, Hidalgo County Texan Democrats, former Congressional District 15 candidate Eliza Alvarado, former state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Houston, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, the Working Families Party.

Vallejo points out that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has declared Congressional District 15 a key seat for Democrats as they seek to maintain a majority in the U.S. House. 

Vallejo Official Biography 

Michelle Vallejo is a small business owner who runs Pulga Los Portales, a neighborhood market that serves thousands weekly and helps to launch countless locally owned latino businesses across the Rio Grande Valley. She launched the New Leaders Council South Texas Frontera chapter, an organization that unites progressive leaders across business sectors to fight for equity in South Texas. She’s also launched Hustle & Socialize, an annual conference for women entrepreneurs to network and share resources in South Texas. Her efforts have also included being an immigrants’ rights advocate, most recently volunteering with the Women’s Refugee Commission. In 2021, she served as an oral historian to transcribe interviews of families separated at the border under Trump’s inhuman “zero tolerance” policy. Her transcriptions were used as part of the Biden White House’s task force on reuniting separated families. Through her work as a community leader, small business owner, and immigrants’ rights advocate, she has seen many people work long hours and still not make a living wage, have to go across the border to Mexico in search of affordable healthcare, and face sky-high tuition that makes higher education inaccessible to South Texans.

Support for Ruben Ramirez

Vallejo’s opponent in the CD 15 Democratic Party primary is attorney, former teacher and military veteran Ruben Ramirez.

Ramirez has announced a new endorsement. U.S. Rep. Lou Correa of California says Ramirez would be a welcome addition to the Democratic ranks in Congress.

“As someone who knows firsthand how a quality education can lift us above our circumstances and help them build a better future, I am proud to endorse Ruben Ramirez in his run for Texas’s Fifteenth Congressional District,” Correa said. 

“Ruben embodies the idea that through hard work and a quality education, we can change our lives for the better. As a teacher, he brought those values to the classroom to make sure that more kids like him had a shot at the American Dream. I’ll be proud to work alongside him in Congress.” 

Ramirez said he is thrilled to secure the support of Correa.

“Rep. Correa has been a fighter for access to a quality education at all levels of government,” Ramirez said. “He knows the power of an education to allow everyone in our communities to grow and thrive, to keep our economy growing, and to ensure that everyone has access to the American Dream. I am thrilled to have earned his support and have him on the team.”

Further support for Ramirez

Other groups and individuals supporting Ramirez include U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, and the McAllen American Federation of Teachers.

Ramirez Official Biography 

Ruben Ramirez is a decorated combat veteran, former science teacher, and lifelong South Texan running for Congress in Texas’s 15th Congressional District. Ruben was born in the Rio Grande Valley and grew up in Edinburg, Texas, in humble beginnings, raised by a loving grandmother and father who taught him the values of integrity, hard work, and patriotism. After graduating from the University of Texas-Pan American – today known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – he became a licensed educator and taught chemistry and physics to high school students in his hometown. Ruben enlisted to join the war in Afghanistan to fight for our freedom in the U.S. Army, and was recognized with a battlefield promotion and a Bronze Star for his leadership. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Houston Law Center with his young family in tow where he earned his law degree. Today, he works as a civil trial lawyer representing the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

Runoff Election Day is on May 24 with early vote running May 16 thru May 20. 

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