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To my community:

I was raised in City Heights by working-class immigrant parents. My mom is a housekeeper and my dad a janitor. Our family of six shared a two-bedroom apartment that had a leaky roof and poor ventilation.

We didn’t have a park near our apartment, so we played soccer in the street. Eventually, I traded playing with my friends to helping my mom clean houses. I was bused out of my neighborhood to a school full of strangers far from home.

We had just one car in our family, so public transit was my main form of transportation. I worked as a cook, mechanic, and hotel worker for several years to finally afford my own car.

Since a young age, I was taught that we give back to our community. I have volunteered for countless organizations and have served on as the Vice President of my local town council and as a member of my planning group.

I have had the pleasure of being an advocate for my community as a Policy Advisor for Council President Georgette Gomez, and now as the Director of Community Outreach for Laborers Local 89.

I am running for San Diego City Council because our neighborhoods don’t need any more politicians who see our community as their next stepping stone. We deserve responsive, accessible leadership that comes from our community. I am committed to fighting for all of us, let’s do this together.

For our neighborhoods,

Kelvin H. Barrios