San Antonio LGBTQ+ Community & Allies for Jalen for D2!

Early Voting: April 19 - 27 • Election Day: May 1, 2021

A new day for District 2

I am running for City Council District 2 because as a teacher, I make about 1,500 decisions a day that impact our students, their families, and their futures. City Council’s influence, especially in decisions surrounding this pandemic, have had a dramatic effect on all of us. Families seeking assistance in District 2 are being ignored by an office that has not been taking calls since this pandemic started. I have heard thousands of stories and know that regular people like us deserve ears at City Hall — not just scripted promises. 

As a teacher, I prepare my students for the world. If elected, I can prepare the world for my students.

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Meet Jalen

I’m Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, an educator running for City Council District 2. The son of two veterans, and the oldest of three, I was raised to value service to others, empathy, and integrity. Two years after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio with my BA in Communication, I began teaching math at Sam Houston High School where my passion for the future of our community grew stronger. 

What Matters

Wellness doesn’t just mean annual check ups. It’s important to fund specific programs related to mental health causes and important medication such as insulin.

Infrastructure + Environment

Our side of town has been taken advantage of by developers and by those looking to exploit our communities, land, and environment for profits. 

This February, we experienced one of the most disastrous environmental crises this state has ever seen. People were begging for shelter, warmth, food, and water – and the city was not prepared to provide any of it. We need to recognize housing as a human right.

There is no way around the inherent biases police officers show in their disregard for Black lives. We must hold SAPD and the Police Chief accountable, provide more opportunity for civilian oversight, and work toward a more fair and just justice system for all.

Political finger pointing accomplishes nothing for residents. District 2 has been dealt an unfair hand and this has caused a distrust between constituents and our representatives. For too long, District 2 has been fed hope, but now is the time for action.

San Antonio is a historically economically segregated city, especially on the East Side. With so many new businesses in the district, it is important that they employ those in the neighborhood and pay them a livable wage. 

San Antonio is a Sanctuary City and our undocumented constituents should not have to be looking over their shoulder for ICE agents every day of their lives. ICE and private for profit incarceration entities have no business in our city.

We must invest in our children. Our community is home to some of the most brilliant, creative minds, and we must cultivate them. We must invest in more after school programs that facilitate our kids’ output of energy and creativity. We must also protect our teachers. 

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COVID-19 Resources

This pandemic has caused our community to struggle in ways we’ve never thought possible. Here are some resources to help.

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