On paper she's a very formidable candidate. She's an Hispanic female professional. She works for a local hospital, chairs the board of a local agency, and has some experience with the Chamber. Her candidacy pretty much ensures a run-off election.
I haven't checked her voting record yet so I don't really have an indication of her politics. Based on what I know of her career so far, I'm willing to bet she can raise some decent money. The question is who ends up in the run-off.
The other candidate that has already filed is Manny Hinojosa. That name may be familiar with those who live in district 1 because he's run for that seat before. He also recently ran for District Clerk so his name has been on the ballot a few times already.
Hinojosa will be the fiscal/social conservative in the race. He consistently ran on a platform of saving money and he previously pledged to "instill positive values".
To be frank, Hinojosa will have a steep mountain to climb. He probably won't be able to raise much money to run for office which means he will have a tough time getting his message out. He will therefore rely on going to every function he can make it to, but that will only give him exposure among a limited number of actual voters. He's never really been able to capture a significant portion of the vote so he doesn't have a base to build on.
That being said, being Latino against two white guys helps. Well, not as much in District 1 as it does in other parts of the city. And with Gallardo in the race, that may be further negated.
On my YouTube Channel there is an archive of almost every interview I've ever done and you will find some of Mr. Hinojosa.
Here's part one of an interview I did with Mr. Hinojosa the last time he ran for city council.