Liz De La Torre, a sexual assault advocate in Ramsey County, community organizer, and former staffer to Rep. Betty McCollum, announced her campaign for the Ward 1 seat on the St. Paul City Council, representing Rondo, Frogtown, Midway, and Summit-University.
“Ward 1 deserves a bold leader who will put the diverse voices of our neighborhoods and communities first,” said De La Torre in a statement. “We are stronger when we fight for our most vulnerable neighbors. Throughout my career, I have learned that strong advocacy, collaboration, and transparency are critical to deliver people-centered public service for the people of St. Paul. We must do more to ensure St. Paul provides equitable access to affordable housing, jobs with fair wages, and essential services across Ward 1.”
De La Torre worked for McCollum from 2012 to 2016. She has also served survivors of sexual violence as a crisis counselor and advocate since 2013. She currently serves as the legal services coordinator for St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health’s Sexual Violence Services.
De La Torre, who lives in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood is seeking the DFL endorsement for Ward 1 City Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. A first-generation American who grew up on St. Paul’s East Side, De La Torre is a graduate of Harding High School.