NEWBURGH – Giselle Martinez considers herself an activist who volunteers for several local non-profit groups and advocates “for women and immigrant rights, racial equality in education, and environmental justice.”
The lifelong Newburgh resident – she is in her 20s – is a first-generation American. Her parents immigrated from Mexico.
“I seek to improve the quality of life for Newburgh residents by providing different housing options, restoring crumbling infrastructure, fighting for environmental justice, pursuing
racial equity in our justice system, and more,” she wrote on her campaign website.
“Statistics will tell you I’m not supposed to be here,” she said. “That a young woman of color from a working-class family is not supposed to run for office. But against all odds, I am.”