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Texas Organizing Project announces San Antonio City Council endorsements

Jalen McKee-Rodriguez
for San Antonio City Council, Dist. 2
Teri Castillo
for San Antonio City Council, Dist. 5

Following a thorough process of written questionnaires and virtual interviews, the members of Texas Organizing Project (TOP) have voted to endorse Jalen McKee-Rodriguez for San Antonio City Council District 2 and Teri Castillo for San Antonio City Council District 5. 

TOP board member Bryan Ramirez of Bexar County issued the following statement:

“Amid a pandemic and in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, the need for public servants who understand the magnitude of this political moment, as well as the inequities holding San Antonio’s Black and Latino residents back, is as clear as day. City council candidates Teri Castillo and Jalen McKee-Rodriguez grasp the urgency of this time we’re in, and have what it takes to enact bold, progressive policy solutions that will lift up our communities.

“As an educator, Jalen McKee-Rodriguez knows how important maintaining healthy lines of communication is to ensuring people’s basic needs are being met, as well as how vital community input is to bringing about true people-powered change at City Hall. Jalen’s passion for justice and vision for a more equitable San Antonio make him an outstanding candidate. TOP members know he will be a fierce defender for the rights of those living in District 2.

Teri Castillo is no stranger to sacrifice, growing up as the daughter and granddaughter of migrant workers. An active voice in our community for years, Teri is equipped with the forward-thinking knowledge and fighting spirit needed to be a powerful, progressive champion for District 5 residents. She knows what communities of color are having to endure in this moment, and TOP members are eager to see her serve.”

“From affordable housing, to environmental justice, to police accountability, Jalen and Teri are impressive community leaders who know the status quo is unacceptable and leaving far too many Black and Latino families behind. These candidates committed to racial and economic justice are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work for San Antonio.”


Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit

This press statement was sent out 2/25/2021.