A U.S. history and geography teacher at Sam Houston High School since 2012, has promoted a three-pronged platform to seek to raise salaries in the district to a “living wage,” empower neighborhoods and improve ethics at City Hall.
Rick Trevino graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and completed his Masters in Educational Leadership from Trinity University.
Justice Democrats hired local organizers, including Amanda Elise Salas and Rick Trevino, and set out to recruit a progressive who could take down Henry Cuellar. Salas and Treviño both cut their political teeth in 2018: the former as a Beto volunteer and voter-registration organizer in nearby McAllen, the latter as a DSA-backed Berniecrat who lost an underdog Democratic primary bid in Republican Will Hurd’s neighboring district. By early summer of 2019, they had found their candidate: Jessica Cisneros, a twenty-six-year-old Laredo native, immigration lawyer, daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a former intern in Cuellar’s office.
Cisneros officially launched her campaign in June with an ambitious platform that includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, immigration reform, and a wholesale rebuke of Cuellar’s corporate conservatism. Shortly thereafter, Danny Diaz was hosting a Cisneros campaign event that was live-streamed on Facebook from his home just outside McAllen in the southeastern part of Cuellar’s district. Cisneros waded through a crowd of enthusiastic new supporters—one had already updated his T-shirt listing the names of the Justice Democrats–aligned squad of congresswomen (“Alexandria & Ayanna & Ilhan & Rashida”) to include her name. All four won their seats slogging it out in contested primary races set in urban blue districts to the north and northeast. Could a progressive like Cisneros join their ranks from a far-flung border district?
“The thing we’re hearing every single day is: We feel neglected,” Cisneros declared in a speech. “People aren’t paying attention to us down here. And that’s because Henry Cuellar isn’t representing us. He’s representing those corporate interests.”
To Diaz, this was precisely the type of campaign that could energize young Latinx voters and tip the scales of power along the border.
“The argument from Cuellar is that this isn’t New York. But he hasn’t really had a real organized challenge that has taken [a message] to the people. Cuellar argues that voters in his district are conservatives. Well, we don’t know that. It’s going to be tested. There may be more progressives or liberals than you think,” said Diaz, who later left his job to become Cisneros’s campaign manager.
Rick Trevino was a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders, representing Texas Senate District 26. Trevino is currently the Secretary of the Bexar County Democratic Party. He hosted the first house party in San Antonio in June 2015, founded San Antonio For Sanders in April 2015, and co-founded Laredo For Sanders shortly thereafter. His work in San Antonio provided the Sanders Campaign with a strong infrastructure of volunteers and political support.
SA for Sanders
Rick Trevino has served as a public school teacher for 5 years and is a member of the teacher’s union (AFT). Born in Laredo, TX in 1984, Rick is the youngest of two children. Like many in Laredo, he is the son of an immigrant. His mother Alma was born in Nuevo Laredo, MX and his father Ricardo was born in Laredo, USA.
Rick moved to San Antonio in 2005 to continue his studies, taking courses at Northwest Vista College and completing his Bachelor’s Degree inPolitical Science at UTSA. Rick completed his Teacher Certification at UTSA after conducting his student teaching in District 6’s Hatchett Elementary. An avid reader of political history, Rick has been a high school US History and Geography teacher at Sam Houston High School since2012. In 2016, Rick completed his Masters of Educational Leadership from Trinity University with a 4.0 grade average.
He became involved in his community and became civically engaged during Bernie Sanders’ run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. As a leader, he helped to begin the SA for Sanders group locally, and also worked with his students to create a farmers market at Sam Houston High School. He was recognized for his work in the community fighting Food Deserts through collaborations with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, the United Way, and the San Antonio Food Bank. Heeding the national call to make change at the local level, Rick decided he would continue his civic work and advocacy on behalf of the city’s most vulnerable individuals by stepping forward as a candidate for City Council District 6.
January 15 2017;
Team RickFor6 meeting Saturday morning at Sabinas Coffee House on West Commerce St. — with Zachary Rubiola, Chris Kutalik Cauthern, Louis A. Cintron, Jr., Rick Trevino, Joleen Garcia, Jennifer Longoria, Lisa Ramos, Edward L. Cuevas, Jr., Ananda Sunshine Tomas and Mauricio Gomez at Sabinas Coffee House.
YDSA UTSA connection
This photo of Rick Trevino with the Young Democratic Socialists of America at UTSAfirst appeared on the group's website on November 5, 2017.
Weekly YDSA Meeting, Hosted by Young Democratic Socialists of America at UTSA
Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
UC 2.01.20 Oak Room
Speech and Q&A with Democratic Socialist Congressional Candidate Rick Trevino ~ 25 Minutes.
Rick Trevino TX 23 was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.
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