My name is Hosanna Yemiru and I am running to represent District 11 on the Dallas City Council.
I'm running because I love Dallas. This city adopted, raised and invested in me long before I knew how to do so for myself. I'm originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My family and I moved to Dallas when I was just 11 years old.
It was a big adjustment. My parents worked hard -- often working 2-3 jobs each to keep us on our feet. And as we struggled to get by, our city supported me in the best way it could: through our DART buses I used every day, our libraries where I had access to WiFi, and our city services that helped us pay our utility bills when we needed them. Looking back, I would have never made it this far without those investments.
So, as soon as I could, I got straight into serving my community. For the last few years, I have been working as an organizer with leaders like Colin Allred, Scott Griggs, Candace Valenzuela and more to bring good, progressive leadership to our city. Though we have not always won, we have always fought to ensure that hardworking Dallasites have a seat at the table.
Now, I'm running to ensure that every Dallasite has access to the resources that make our city strong: fully funded city services, strong and holistic public safety, upgraded and sustainable infrastructure, and resilient neighborhoods. We all deserve a shot at making Dallas our home.
As your council representative, I will always demand more from City Hall -- more transparency, more accountability and more representation. Every Dallasite deserves the chance to live, work and play in a city that is responsive to our needs. Our city should always invest in us as much as it demands from us. That's why I'm running: to invest more into our neighborhoods, our neighbors and our city to build a safer, a more sustainable and more resilient Dallas.