Former journalist Joy Diaz announced her run for Texas governor on Tuesday, joining Beto O’Rourke in the Democratic primary.
In her video announcement, Diaz listed the border, public education, and state preparedness among her principal priorities for her campaign. Born in Mexico City, Diaz points to her experience crossing the border for years alongside her American missionary dad as a key influence.
“The border has been a part of my life since I was born…,” Diaz said. “I’ve been crossing that border since I was a child. And now, as a Texas reporter for almost two decades, I’ve been going to all corners of the state learning from Texans on the ground about how policy affects them.”
Up until last month, Diaz had been a journalist and prominent speaker on Texas’ public radio airwaves, including KUT, Austin’s NPR station, and most recently, the Texas Standard.
“I recently left journalism to fulfill a mission, an unshakeable dream, a fire in my soul to serve you as governor of the great state of Texas,” Diaz said. She went on to highlight her professional experience, both as a journalist and a public school teacher as key to being able to handle various issues the state faces. Among her priorities, she says, is installing an educator to lead the Texas Education Agency. The current commissioner, Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointee Mike Morath, is a software developer.
“Our current leadership has forgotten that their mission is to serve us,” she stated. “Yes, conventional wisdom may say that it’s unlikely for an average person — even a qualified one, even one with expertise, even one with a huge heart — to become the next governor of this great state, but Texans don’t solely rely on conventional wisdom. We believe in miracles.”