"I do think that people cared more about the issues than my personal life," Gonzalez told the El Paso Times. "People cared more about having a legislator who was going to fight for education, make sure people had jobs and put El Paso first."
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Gonzalez and supported her campaign said "this is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas. The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin. And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all."