I grew up in a middle-class Catholic family in Mexico. My dad was an electrical contractor, and my mom, a small business owner. My parents were hardworking and honest people, and I learned a lot from them. Every day I try to honor the values they taught me.
In 1990, I came to Simpson College for an educational opportunity building on my twelve years of English study in Mexico. To be presented with a chance to study and help language students was amazing. It was during this time that I met my husband and developed my love for this country.
I’ve been a Storm Lake resident for thirty years, saying my first Pledge of Allegiance as a naturalized citizen in 2000. My husband, Matthew Huddleston, is the son of the late Reverend Henry Huddleston, and our daughter, Alexis, is a junior at Drake University.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science from Buena Vista University. In 2003 I was the first Latina elected to a city council in Iowa, serving three consecutive terms on the Storm Lake City Council.
During my time in office, I served as a member of the Lake Improvement Commission, which secured millions of dollars to continue dredging operations in Storm Lake. I also served as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City. Currently, I serve on the Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission and the Storm Lake Municipal Airport Commission.
My service and record extend across Iowa. I was appointed by former Governor Tom Vilsack as a commissioner for Iowa’s Latino Affairs Commission under the Department of Human Rights. I also sat on the Iowa Empowerment Board and was a member of the Iowa State University Extension Board. In addition to my service in the community, I worked as a counselor for a domestic violence and sexual assault agency for fourteen years, and currently I work for a law firm in Storm Lake.
I am a strong advocate for women in politics. I believe that the participation of women in public office is essential to building and sustaining strong, vibrant democracies. Women’s political involvement leads to greater responsiveness to citizen needs and increases cooperation between party and ethnic lines.
I’m a confident, qualified and competent candidate, committed to represent all of Iowa’s District 11 constituents regardless of political affiliation, age, gender and ethnicity. We are all Iowans, and I will work with all Iowans. I have a strong history of getting things done, navigating beyond ideological differences. This is more important now than ever before.
I will prioritize cooperation and collaboration between all parties to accomplish goals that benefit all Iowans. Working together, I believe that we can have a positive impact and position Sac and Buena Vista Counties for growth and success.