Video posted on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

Raquel Castañeda-López, the first Latina ever elected to Detroit’s City Council, recounts her personal struggles and how she dedicates herself to fighting for everyone she represents to have the same access to opportunity that she has had.

She overcame poverty and personal tragedy, but she had to overcome her own self-doubt about her abilities to win an election and represent the district she grew up in. Now, she’s dedicated to helping each and every one of her constituents achieve success in their own lives by fighting for equal opportunity for all.

“I never thought I was going to be a politician. Even after I won I considered saying ‘Hey, I’m not going to do this,’” Raquel said.

But now, as a Detroit City Council Member, Raquel is pursuing her American dream by fighting to give a voice to the voiceless, because she believes every individual counts in a democracy.