By Sylvia Hernandez
Immediately upon entering the community center, it was standing room only. The atmosphere was festive with a Valentine’s Day theme and lively 70s dance music could be heard coming from the main room just before Ozuna delivered her speech.
Numerous relatives, longtime family friends and even Ozuna’s high school debate teacher, Debbie Dehlinger were present at the event.
“Lettie’s always been deep into things — always thinking, always researching and always learning,” Dehlinger said. “She is not afraid to give her opinion but she doesn’t throw her support towards anything unless she’s done her homework.”
Lujan was among the few people at the event who didn’t seem to know the councilwoman on a personal basis.
When he did get to meet her, Lujan told Ozuna, “I love what you stand for. Man! The district needs someone like you.”
But to Lujan’s surprise, City Council appointed Ozuna, 45, to the District 3 seat the following day.
He attended the meet-and-greet because he was excited for Ozuna and wanted to show his complete support.
Immediately after Ozuna spoke, the music resumed. Many people, young and old, lined up to meet her and have their pictures taken with her.
Several Ozuna staff members also attended, including Deputy Chief of Staff DeAnne Cuellar and Rosie Arismendez, who works with field office community development.
“I like what she said about creating jobs. She seems enthusiastic and serious about her work,” said attendee Joseph Garza.
Ozuna worked the room all evening, moving from table to table. She greeted everyone with hugs and smiles, never taking a moment to sit down. Yet, at the end of the night, she still appeared full of energy.
Afterwards, family and friends stayed to help clean up. As balloons and decorations were taken down and the last chairs were folded, Ozuna was asked one final question: How do you feel at this very moment?
Councilwoman Ozuna took a deep breath and replied, “Humbled! I feel very humbled.”