District: Texas, 12th District
General Election: 11/06/2018
”I believe that our children deserve to be loved and encouraged regardless of their gender, ethnicity, faith, sexuality, level of income, or immigration status.” - Vanessa Adia
Justice Democrats is proud to support candidates with a positive vision for our future. As establishment strategies continue to fail the people, Vanessa fights for a platform to uplift the lives of the extraordinary people she would represent by replacing the incumbent and fighting to:
- Achieve affordable healthcare for all people
- Support bills that slow climate change and encourage stewardship of natural resources
- Pursue immigration policy that values hardworking immigrants, their families, and their contribution to our communities
- Support legislation to fully fund the VA, opposing Trump’s attempts at privatization and fight for increased support of veterans facing unemployment, homelessness, and illness
- Pursue policies that support officers protecting all people in their care and remove officers clearly abusing their position of power
Vanessa worked with Northside Inter Church Agency, Lena Pope Home, and The Institute for Learning Abilities, and she spent five years in charitable management for a local business. Her work with various organizations provided an opportunity for Vanessa to meet many local and state public servants, which inspired her to have a more direct impact in her community. In 2007, Vanessa was appointed to the Benbrook Parks and Recreation Board and later, the Planning and Zoning Commission. She also actively volunteered with the Obama Campaign, registering voters, canvassing, phone banking, and training volunteers - often bringing her daughter, Sophia, along in a baby carrier.
Her volunteer work with the Obama Campaign made her feel at home in a way that she hadn’t while in the private sector and motivated her to find a new way to serve people in her community. In 2009, Vanessa started teaching science in Fort Worth ISD, first at Rosemont Middle School and later at Benbrook Middle-High School, where she now currently serves as a middle school teacher for the college readiness focused AVID program.
As a teacher, Vanessa has been recognized as a leader in her field. She has written curriculum and has led trainings within the district, as well as at the Science Teachers Association of Texas annual conference. Vanessa has presented workshops to first-year teachers in the T-MATE alternative certification program at Tarleton State University, and she also served as Benbrook Middle's Science Department Vice-Chair for four years. In 2014-2015, Vanessa was recognized as the Teaching Chair of Excellence for Secondary Science in Fort Worth ISD. Vanessa has also played an active role in her school outside of the classroom, sponsoring the student-led LGBTQ+ group and serving on the PTA, Site Based Decision Making Committee, District Employee Relations Council, and the Gold Seal Program of Choice Exploratory Committee.
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