Increase Diversity of Elected Officials
Having diversity of elected officials, usually called "descriptive representation," happens when the race, gender, ethnicity, etc. of elected officials reflect the constituent base that it represents. Achieving this balance has been cited in research as an important characteristic for increasing the likelihood that the diverse array of interests of the constituents throughout the city is considered in decision making. This indicator, while doing better than in 2012, the first time it was collected, has remained relatively flat. In 2016, however, we began making PROGRESS toward our 2020 goal.
Call to Action:
- Learn more about SA2020 partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
- Vote and encourage others to vote and become involved in government.
- Get involved in the political process. Get to know your local and state representatives: State Representatives, City Council Representatives, and Bexar County Commissioners.
- Attend City Council meetings, other community meetings, and Town Halls. Ask questions and make suggestions to our leaders for the benefit of our communities.
- Help register people to vote.
- Use Citizens to be Heard at the City and County meetings in a way that helps communicate issues to the elected members.
- Run for local office.
- Join your neighborhood association or homeowners’ association and participate in grassroots organized civic involvement.
- Attend one of the many and diverse sources of leadership training in the community:
- Serve on a City board or commission.
- Serve on County board or commission.
- Become familiar with the Diversity and Inclusion Office in the City of San Antonio.
Updated December 2016