Building Bridges Across Houston

Let’s use the strengths of District C to make all of Houston better.
— Candelario Cervantez

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I love Houston. As a third-generation Texan, I have spent most of my life in this dynamic and diverse city. Houston has given me so much, and I’m deeply grateful for that. I received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in District C.  I also met the love of my life, a lifelong resident of Garden Oaks, in Houston. My work in the nonprofit sector has taken place entirely in District C: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), the Texas Medical Center (TMC), Rice University, and Teach For America. District C and its constituents have provided me with many valuable opportunities.

My family has always stressed the importance of education. My grandparents were sharecroppers from Wharton, Texas. They dreamed of better opportunities for their children and grandchildren. They knew that the key to success was through education. I’m proud to say that as a national diversity executive at Teach For America, my career is in some small part a tribute to their legacy. 

Every day I have the honor and privilege to fight for the educational equity for children of Houston and future generations.

As a diversity executive, I work every day to build bridges and unite people to ensure educational opportunities for underrepresented populations. I have decided to run for City Council because I’m keenly aware that a good education for our children can only be achieved with the right environment. 

I love District C.

District C has been good to me, and it has many strengths. There are, however, a few key areas that can be improved. As a leader who is adept at bringing people with varying and sometimes opposing viewpoints together, I know I can represent this district and think creatively in offering solutions to the issues that really matter.




Here I am with my wife, Andrea, and our dog, Rocco, on one of our many favorite streets in District C — 19th Street in The Heights. We adopted Rocco as a Harvey rescue.

I’m a listener, learner, and a leader. I build bridges and I am committed to getting results for District C.
— Candelario Cervantez for Houston City Council District C

 What I bring that the other candidates cannot:

  • I am Diversity & Inclusion Executive for Teach For America. I am running for public office because I have found that unless we make systemic changes, we cannot solve the issue of educational inequity.

  • I have a longstanding history of bringing individuals from diverse communities together to solve problems.

  • I have worked in procurement and have managed a large portfolio of national vendors. I created a supplier vendor diversity program for one of the largest educational equity nonprofits in the nation.

  • I’m a supporter of small business. My wife is a small business owner and I am committed to making change and providing small businesses with economic opportunity.

  • Extensive background in non-profit work in several industries.

  • I will forever be a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • I am an artist. My goal is to create efficient and creative solutions to help our city.

  • My passion is educational equity - to ensure that all children can reach their full potential regardless of their zip-code. Before we can even address issues like education, there are basic issues that need to be solved in our city

Read more about me here