Delia comes from a very civically engaged family. Her parents, a firefighter and a stay-at-home mom, were very involved in their community and encouraged their three daughters to give back and pursue higher education. Delia’s upbringing inspired her to dedicate her career to public service and advocating for working families. Following in her father’s footsteps, she became a firefighter. Her entire career as an Austin Firefighter was spent in fire stations that serve the South Austin community. Remaining committed to public service, Delia left the Austin Fire Department to pursue a law degree and extend the reach of her advocacy.

As an Assistant Attorney General, she advocated for Texas families in the Child Support Division. Prior to serving on Council, Delia was also involved in numerous community-based efforts surrounding affordable housing, education, and fair and equitable district representation. Delia Garza was sworn in as the first Latina to serve on the Austin City Council on January 6, 2015. She is currently Chair of the Regional Affordability Committee, which she created, and the Public Utilities Council Committee. Delia is a Board Member for the Capital Metro Transportation Authority and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and serves on the Mobility, Open Space, and Health and Human Services Council Committees.

Since taking office, Delia Garza has championed initiatives to improve the quality of life of working families in District 2, improve services for the most vulnerable in our community, and address our transportation crisis. During her first term, Delia worked to expand resources for residents of District including critical transportation infrastructure projects, additional staff for the Dove Springs Recreation Center to provide more programming for youth and families, and ensure continued computer lab services while the Southeast Branch Library closes for renovations by funding a portable facility out of her office budget. Delia also fought for a fair and expedient buyout policy to move families in Onion Creek out of harm’s way, and served as a resource for the families trying to rebuild their lives after the 2013 and 2015 Halloween floods.

In addition, Delia Garza led on significant initiatives to ensure access to essential services for the community and for City employees including a historic increase in funding for health and human services to provide services for the most vulnerable in our community, access to critical health services for children with autism under the City’s health insurance plan, and creation of health equity programming. She has also led on policies to significantly increase the City’s investment in solar energy, address issues around food deserts and food access, and strengthen protections for future and existing tenants of mobile home communities.

Delia has been a strong voice at City Hall, and will continue to fight to keep Austin affordable; expand the availability of affordable housing; alleviate traffic congestion and improve access to public transit; recruit and support businesses that provide jobs with living wages, safety protections, and good benefits; provide resources to encourage health and wellness; and protect our environment and secure our water supply.

She is married to Ramiro Martinez, Jr. – they welcomed their first daughter, Lourdes, in May of 2015.

Issues

  • Ensuring transparency and efficiency in City government
  • Alleviating traffic congestion and improving access to public transit
  • Fighting for affordability
  • Equitable economic development that provides jobs with living wages, safety protections, and good benefits
  • Collaborating with AISD to provide quality education and opportunities for Austin children
  • Protecting our environment and securing our water supply
  • Providing resources to encourage health and wellness
  • Protecting the community with exceptional public safety services

EndorsementsDelia Garza is grateful to have a growing list of endorsements from community leaders and organizations.

  • AFSME Local 1624
  • Austin Environmental Democrats
  • Austin Fire Association Local 975
  • Austin Neighborhood Council
  • Austin Police Association
  • Austin Tejano Democrats
  • Austin Young Democrats
  • Austin/Travis County EMS Employee Association
  • Central Austin Democrats
  • Clean Water Action
  • IBEW Local 520
  • Laborers International Union of North America, Local 753
  • Left Up to Us
  • Liberal Austin Democrats
  • South Austin Democrats
  • Stonewall Democrats of Austin
  • University Democrats
  • West Austin Democrats
  • Workers Defense Action Fund

Public SupportersThe strength of this grassroots campaign comes from the coalition of community members dedicated to working together in support of Delia Garza, District 2, and a brighter future for our City. Please click here to join our growing list of supporters.

  • Hon. Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza
  • Hon. Ann Kitchen
  • Hon. Bob Perkins
  • Hon. Brigid Shea
  • Hon. Dolores Ortega-Carter
  • Hon. Eddie Rodriguez
  • Hon. Gina Hinojosa
  • Hon. Gonzalo Barrientos
  • Hon. Jackie Goodman
  • Hon. Laura Morrison
  • Hon. Lloyd Doggett
  • Hon. Mike Martinez
  • Hon. Paul Saldana
  • Hon. Pio Renteria
  • Hon. Sarah Eckhardt
  • Hon. Susanna Woody
  • Alexandra Landeros
  • Alfredo Santos
  • Allan Torres
  • Amber E. Morales
  • Amber L. Morales
  • Amber Urrutia
  • Ana Aguirre
  • Ana Estrada
  • Andrea Kibbie
  • Anita P. Gonzales
  • Anna Maria Garcia
  • Anna Morales
  • Ashley Boles- Harfouche Richardson
  • Barbara Fetonte
  • Benjamin Perez
  • Betsy Fath
  • Brenda Morales Ortiz
  • Brian McGivern
  • Brianna Morales
  • Celia Garza
  • Connie Morales
  • Crystal Martinez
  • Cynthia Valdez
  • Dana Malan
  • Daniel Landeros
  • Daniel Reyes
  • Danny Fetonte
  • David Chincanchan
  • David Lundstedt
  • Denise D. Hernandez
  • Destiney Morales
  • Dianna Velasquez
  • Donna Hagay
  • Elisha Perez
  • Eliza May
  • Flannery Bope
  • Frank Alvarez
  • Freddie Zamora
  • George Morales III
  • George Morales IV
  • Gilbert Rivera
  • Greg Anderson
  • Henrietta Cameron- Mann
  • Holly Morales
  • Irene Morales
  • Irma Morales
  • Isabel Lopez- Aguilar
  • Jacob Limon
  • Jane Rivera
  • Jason Armstrong
  • JD Gins
  • Jeff Rotkoff
  • Jeremy Hendricks
  • Jesse Burrow
  • Jesse Morales III
  • Jesse Morales Jr.
  • Jessica Ellison
  • Jessie Morales
  • Jill Ramirez
  • Joe Garza
  • John Morse
  • Johnny Urrutia
  • Jose Velasquez
  • Joseph Villareal Morales
  • Julia Hilder
  • Karisma Tamez
  • Katherine Morales
  • Katherine Nicely
  • Kathleen Vale Castillo
  • Kathy Morales
  • Ken Craig
  • Kolby Duhon
  • Krissy O'Brien
  • Krista Cottingim
  • Lara Wendler
  • Laura J. Hernandez
  • Lisa Armstrong
  • Lisa Saldana
  • Lisa Zamora
  • Lori Leija
  • Lori Moya
  • Lorie Morales
  • Lulu Flores
  • Lupe Morin
  • Lupe Sosa
  • Lyn Hendricks
  • Mapi Vigil
  • Maria Christina Morales
  • Mary Cullinane
  • Michael Morales
  • Michele Gatica
  • Mike Bewley
  • Monica Loera Sanchez
  • Ola Young
  • Perla Cavazos
  • Ramiro Vasquez
  • Randy Ortega
  • Raymond Young
  • Rene Lara
  • Rick Cofer
  • Robbie Ausley
  • Robert Kibbie
  • Roger Morales
  • Roger Morales Jr.
  • Rolando Piña
  • Rossana Barrios
  • RoyWoody
  • Sabrina Morales
  • Sam Sargent
  • Santos Morales
  • Sara Andre
  • Sara Torres
  • Sarah Botros
  • Shudde Fath
  • SolAna Renteria
  • Stacy Guidry
  • Susan Hambright
  • Sylvia Camarillo
  • Teresa Perez- Wiseley
  • Tom Herrera
  • Vanessa Maldonado
  • Victoria Morales
  • Virginia Palacios
  • Xavier Morales
  • Yolanda Velasquez