Help me become your voice for House District 86

Help me become your voice for House District 86

Why Residents of District 86 Support Zulma

"I have seen how Zulma is a role model to her children and our community and a fierce advocate for her clients. I also believe that America and Georgia are a melting pot. Our elected leaders cannot truly represent us until their membership becomes younger, more diverse and more female. We need lots of Zulmas. At least I know I will have one representing me in my district!"

HD 86 Resident

"I support Zulma because she has shown to be a leader and has dedicated herself to representing the underrepresented. I have no doubt that Zulma is invested in the success of my community and this district. While I know no representative can represent every position, at least I am confident that she is a thoughtful listener, a fierce advocate, and that our voices will be heard at the State Capitol."

HD 86 Resident

"As HD86 public school teachers and artists, we wholeheartedly support Zulma because of her staunch support for public education and the arts. We have seen her dedication to her family and our community. We know she will fight for what is right. Zulma will be an outstanding addition to the Georgia State House."

HD 86 Public School Teachers

Why I am running

On August 11, 2020, I will be on the ballot in hopes of becoming your next Georgia House of Representative from District 86. I am incredibly fortunate to have met hundreds of constituents face to face by knocking on their doors and having real and honest conversations about our district and our state. One thing is for sure, I will never take your support for granted! As an immigration attorney, I am a fighter who is fueled by compassion. I firmly believe that our most valuable resource is our people. If we truly invest in our people, in education, in health care, in providing economic opportunities for small businesses, we will reach our full potential as a more inclusive and productive society. I am running because working hard and giving my 100% is the only way I know how to serve my community. As your next Georgia State House Representative, I will work hard so that our government invests in us.

On August 11, 2020, I will be on the ballot in hopes of becoming your next Georgia House of Representative from District 86. I am incredibly fortunate to have met hundreds of constituents face to face by knocking on their doors and having real and honest conversations about our district and our state. One thing is for sure, I will never take your support for granted! As an immigration attorney, I am a fighter who is fueled by compassion. I firmly believe that our most valuable resource is our people. If we truly invest in our people, in education, in health care, in providing economic opportunities for small businesses, we will reach our full potential as a more inclusive and productive society. I am running because working hard and giving my 100% is the only way I know how to serve my community. As your next Georgia State House Representative, I will work hard so that our government invests in us.

Issues

When I was about to graduate from high school, I was poor on paper but rich with potential. Thanks to the Pell grant, scholarships from the University of Puerto Rico, and a part-time job, I was able to afford college. I was poor because my father had just lost his small business. My mother had moved from Puerto Rico due to a medical family emergency. I was rich though because my parents and grandparents had instilled in me from a very early age that “Your education is the only thing no one can take away from you”. By working my way through college, I was able to obtain my undergrad and law degrees.

Investing in education should be a no brainer. Well educated citizens can truly aim to live to their full potential. At the General Assembly, I will work to invest in education, including expanding preschool programs. I will also find creative ways so that children receive a quality public education regardless of where they live. It truly hurts me to see wide disparities within the schools in my district. A parent should not have to uproot his or her family because their local schools are failing, nor should they lose sleep over how to pay for college like I did when my two older sons were in high school. I will work to ensure that our citizens are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow by offering affordable college and technical degree programs today.

Families should not go bankrupt due to a family emergency. I lost my beloved youngest sister from cancer when I was a freshman in college. It took my family years to recover financially. This is why I believe in ensuring that every Georgian has access to affordable healthcare so that working families like mine can weather the storm of an unexpected critical diagnosis.

Georgia ranks at the bottom when it comes to extending healthcare to our most vulnerable, while at the top of maternal mortality. How can we let this stand?  Fully expanding Medicaid is the cheapest option to cover the 1.5 million uninsured Georgians yet our leaders refuse to do so. Instead of cutting critical services from our State’s budget, we should be leading by expanding Medicaid coverage to poor mothers, including offering more prenatal and postpartum health care. As a mother of four, I simply cannot bear the thought that new mothers in Georgia, particularly African American mothers in rural Georgia, are dying from preventable deaths at unprecedented rates. This is why I cannot stand still. This is why I walk every day to meet new voters. This is why I am running.

I have been a small business owner for over five years. As a working mom, I ventured to open my own law office to have more flexibility at the workplace. This is why I deeply understand the struggles of paying extra for after school care or leaving work to pick up a sick child in the middle of the day. I also took the risk of going on my own, because I felt comfortable in both my advocacy and managerial skills. I will work to foment the entrepreneurial spirit of minorities and women.

As your next state legislator, I will look at economic development through the lense of my own experience as a minority business owner. I want to ensure that we support small businesses, while continuing to bridge the gap of job inequality and insecurity.

Let's do this together

I am committed to giving this campaign my all, but I cannot do this alone. Join me on this journey for a better and stronger Georgia by contributing today.

How you can make a difference

I cannot do this without you. Whether you want to knock on doors, host a meet and greet, or showcase a yard sign, every little bit of effort is appreciated! Get involved by clicking the button below. I look forward to working together to make the State of Georgia better and stronger.

meet zulma

This is a picture of our big blended family in our beloved Puerto Rico in 2017 before Hurricane Maria and the most recent earthquakes. I moved to Georgia and specifically to District 86 in DeKalb County twelve years ago. I brought with me my then six and eight-year-old sons, who then attended DeKalb public school since elementary school. They are now both college students in Georgia.

At home, my husband and I still have a fourth grader and a soon to be kindergartener. By raising my family in District 86 for the past twelve years I am not only deeply rooted in this community, but also invested in our continuing prosperity.

zulma's core values

My guiding principles are inclusion, diversity, and equality. In keeping with these values, I believe that:

inclusion

Helping our most vulnerable citizens makes us a more productive society.

diversity

There is no room in our society for any form of discrimination.

equality

A woman has the right to choose and control her own body.

Qualifications

12 years resident of DeKalb County and District 86.

Small business owner with a law office in DeKalb County for the past 5 years.

Mother of four, two who attended DeKalb public schools since elementary school, graduated from Lakeside High School, and are now college students in Georgia.

Attorney licensed to practice in the State of Georgia and Puerto Rico.

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