As a young person with the opportunity to become the first in her family to go to college, Celia Israel was drawn to the intellectual capital of Texas — the Austin-Round Rock corridor that values education, innovation and sees diversity as a strength, not as something to fear.
She saw the beauty in a community that judged people not by what they looked like, or where they came from, but by what they had to offer.
In her over thirty years in Austin, Celia served in the Ann Richards administration, tasked with recruiting the best and brightest to public service. She started her own business, Mission Resources, consulting in community affairs and real estate. She led on the Board of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to increase education and civic engagement in public policy. She has tackled issues from public transportation to school safety. In the community, she has worked to empower young girls as a Board member of GENaustin, as well as a past board member of YWCA. And that’s just skimming the surface of Celia’s long record of service to our community.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an Austin native, or if you got here as soon as you could, Celia reminds us that the American Dream belongs to all of us, and in Central Texas, we all do our part to keep that promise alive.
But just down the street in the State Capitol, a small, but powerful group would rather be judged not for what they can do for others, but for what they could do to others. Pushing an extreme, ideological agenda, they’re underfunding public education, undermining science and under-serving Texans.
Celia Israel, along with her partner of 18 years, Celinda Garza, are long time residents of District 50, home to high-tech giants, innovators and entrepreneurs, academics, health care leaders and more. Families here are looking for good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a chance to offer their talents and make a difference.
As a Democratic candidate for State Representative, Celia Israel is fighting to ensure our voices are heard. With political savvy, grassroots organizing skills, and business know-how, Celia is bringing people together to reset the public dialogue at the Capitol, by putting facts and logic ahead of politics once again. Because Celia knows communities work best when they work together, and that we create more opportunities when we invest in each other.
IS CELIA YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE?
House District 50 is located in the heart of Central Texas, covering the growing northeast and northern portions of Travis County. Search here using your home address to find out if you live in the Fighting Fiftieth House District of Texas!
SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION
Celia has been a vocal critic of political appointees who abuse their position to intimidate academics and universities. It’s time to stop the right wing campaign that is trying to undermine the value of a college education.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
Celia has called out Governor Perry for his efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, robbing Texas of billions of federal dollars we need to expand our health care infrastructure and ensure no family has to go without insurance.
ENDING DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES
A long time Democratic activist, Celia is a staunch defender of women’s health, opposes Greg Abbott’s voter ID bill and all efforts to suppress the vote, and has been a leader in advancing the issue of equality in Texas.
EXPANDING OUR THINKING ON ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
Celia is a vocal advocate for expanded public transportation options as a critical part in solving our transportation challenges. She also believes the time is now to redouble our efforts in making renewable energies cost efficient.
Celia understands that to compete in a global economy we need to invest in our children’s education today. That means we need to fully restore the cuts, keep up with growth, and give our children the education they need to compete.