As a native Texan raised in a blue-collar family, Natali knows what it means to roll up her sleeves and work towards a more prosperous future. That’s what she will do for her neighbors in Texas State House District 126 when elected to the Texas House.
Natali’s story is the story of the American dream. Her parents came to this country seeking better, safer lives, and while she faced challenges growing up, Natali was able to overcome those challenges and give back to her community. She worked her way through University of Houston, and with support from her parents and public services like food stamps and Medicaid, she managed to stay in school and make ends meet by working as a food server. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and political science and went on to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
After graduating, Natali dedicated herself to giving back to the community that had seen her through tough times. She went to work serving the people of Texas, first at the City of Houston and then in U.S. Representative Gene Green’s district office. Through organizing job fairs, tax assistance clinics, and community service projects, Natali experienced firsthand the value of representatives connecting directly with their constituents.
For the past decade, Natali has worked to make our community safer, more beautiful, and more prosperous. As Deputy Executive Director at Hawes Hill & Associates, she works with the Board of Directors to improve the district through public safety initiatives, environmental and urban design projects, and community development programs.
Natali is a wife and proud mother of three beautiful daughters, Madison, Marley, and Mae. Their family chooses to live in this community because they believe that it is an excellent place to raise their family. Natali is an alumna of Leadership North Houston, has volunteered for Child Advocates, and currently serves as a commissioner for Keep Houston Beautiful. She is not waiting to be elected in order to give back to her community — she is putting in the work today so that our families can enjoy a better future for generations to come.
Read more on Natali's website.
Ensuring Equal Access to Health Care
Quality, affordable health care should be the right of every Texan, not a privilege for a select few. No one should ever be faced with having to choose between medical care and feeding their family. Natali is determined to make sure no Texan will have to face that decision again.
Natali also believes that all Texans deserve equal access to the full range of reproductive health care services. Medical decisions should be made between a person and their doctor, free from government interference. Natali is committed to fighting for a healthier future and that starts at home in District 126.
Supporting Our Teachers and Children
Natali’s parents taught her that the path to success starts with education, a value Natali strives to instill in her own children. Texas cannot succeed without an educated citizenry. Natali will support Texas public schools and educators by ensuring the Texas school system is adequately and equitably funded. She will listen to teachers, administrators, and parents to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible.
Minimizing Future Flood Damage
Too many Southeast Texans are still rebuilding from the flood damage inflicted on homes and businesses by Hurricane Harvey three years ago. Natali knows that Texas will inevitably face extreme weather again and must act now to protect our community from further destruction. She will work to implement mitigation policies to reduce the damage caused when extreme weather events happen, while preparing to help neighbors in need when they do.
Natali believes that future developments must be built with sustainability and resilience in mind, which is why she opposes development along the floodplain. She will fight to improve our infrastructure. Natali knows that climate change and its effects on our health and safety are real and we must be proactive when dealing with these serious threats to our community.
Fighting For Racial & Social Justice
Natali says unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. She knows that George Floyd was a son of Houston, and that his murder and similar acts of violence by police officers against Black Americans are indicative of structural problems that must be corrected.
Natali stands with protestors who put themselves on the line to send a message to people in power. She stands with citizens who advocate for more equitable economic opportunity. She stands with everyone who fights for inclusion. She believes that we must elect leaders who are willing to listen and ready to enact the big, ambitious changes that are long overdue.
Standing Up For Women’s Rights
Natali believes that women must have a voice in the policies that impact them every day. Health care, the right to make decisions affecting our bodies, childcare, and equal pay for equal work are issues that cannot and should not be debated without female representation. As a representative, Natali will commit to fighting to achieve full equality for women in whatever path they choose.
Advocating For Our Veterans
Natali’s husband Mark is an Air Force veteran. She knows how important it is to respect and defend those who stepped up to serve our country. Natali will fight for jobs that are tailored to our returning military men and women. She commits to listening to their needs and making sure they have a voice and advocate on their side as they rejoin our communities and continue to serve at home.
“We recommend Natali Hurtado in the Democratic primary for House District 126” – Houston Chronicle
Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side.
There are 9 House seats currently held by a Republican, where Beto O’Rourke won in 2018 (in some cases by as much as 60%). Even if we just won those seats, we could flip the chamber. There are other great pickup opportunities too, including in suburban areas where Democrats narrowly lost state house seats in 2018.
Texas is currently a Republican trifecta. Winning this chamber will break the trifecta and provide Democrats with a critical seat at the table for redistricting, so that Republicans cannot repeat the horrible gerrymandering that has kept them locked in to power for decades.
These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.