FRANCISCO FOR CONGRESS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
MARCH 7TH, SUN
1 PM MT
A life-long advocate
for working families & social justice
To my community, family, and friends,
My name is Francisco Antonio Fernández, but many of you simply know me as Cisco. Our nation is at a critical moment. We have a unique opportunity to undo the damage of the last four years, including generations of systemic inequities that deprive hard working New Mexicans a shot at their American Dream. My roots to this land predate New Mexico’s statehood, which is why I proudly announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination to represent our First Congressional District.
Representation matters. New Mexico deserves a fresh voice, not politics as usual.
As a person of color, New Mexico’s first openly gay representative, and the nation’s first openly HIV positive member of Congress, we’d make history and provide a courageous voice for 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, 53 million others living with preexisting conditions, and anyone who’s felt left behind by our government.
A child of divorced parents, I grew up in multiple working-class Albuquerque communities. I spent weekdays in the subdivision of Westgate with my sister, raised by a single mom who battled her own pre-existing condition. We spent weekends in the South Valley neighborhoods of Armijo and Barelas—growing up with our dad and step family. Like many New Mexican parents, mine worked their hardest to ensure the best life possible for us.
Good government policies such as food stamps and free lunches supported us when we could barely make ends meet. But by the age of 15, I began bussing tables at Garcia’s Kitchen to help pay for my education at Albuquerque Academy.
As a product of public and private schools, I understand the importance of having access to quality resources. With resiliency and dedication, I became the first in my family to graduate from college, earning my bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans. While there, I founded the school’s first student-led Latino organization La Gente. I earned my M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU, where I continued to champion social justice and protest racial inequities.
During my career in television and film--an industry known to lack diversity, I proudly represented our community, ushered in diverse voices, and secured access to health insurance for non-union employees.
But I often struggled with being myself at the risk of losing my career and access to healthcare while living with a preexisting condition. Like countless Americans who feel left out for being “different,” whether as a person of color, LGBTQ+, or anyone in that predicament, I see you, I hear you and I stand with you.
I applaud Interior Secretary-Designate Deb Haaland, someone who has shattered glass ceilings throughout her entire career in public service. As a member of Congress, I will build on her legislative accomplishments. Because now more than ever, we need a government by and for the people. We need a leader who understands the plight and successes of hard working New Mexican families, fighting for us in the nation’s capital.
I invite you to discuss the issues you care about. Let’s make it loud and clear to Washington: our communities will not be ignored. We seek equal treatment, not special treatment. I’ll always have your back and remain beholden only to you. Together we will build back better.
Representation matters. New Mexico needs a fresh voice to contain the pandemic, rebuild our economy and unite our country behind a common purpose.
At a time when New Mexico's working families are being crushed by this pandemic, we need a leader who understands their plight to fight for us in the halls of Congress.
EXPAND COVID TESTING. Expand our nation’s capacity to test and vaccinate those who want and need one, especially among low-income communities of color.
PROVIDE COVID RELIEF. Provide $2000 in cash assistance to needy families every month until the end of the pandemic. Expand moratorium on evictions.
BUILD BACK BETTER. Rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure while putting millions of Americans back to work. Reverse the Trump administration's short-sighted trade policies to bolster American investments at home and abroad.
REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS. Reopen our schools using a robust strategy that includes support and resources for our faculty and school administrators.
MEDICARE FOR ALL. Reevaluate our healthcare system, one where Big Pharma and insurance companies do not get to dictate who gets treatment, and rebuild one that is devoted to fighting for the dignity of every single American life.
IMMIGRATION REFORM. Create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and millions of undocumented Americans, including frontline workers, who keep our communities safe and healthy. Reunite children at the border with their families.
PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. Undo the Trump administration’s destructive environmental policies, written by the oil and gas industry that pollute our air, land and water with zero accountability.
TRIBAL NATIONS. Empower our tribal nations to take ownership of their lands and collectively determine a sustainable and healthy future for their communities. Increase access to clean water for rural New Mexicans.
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