Still, she stayed behind-the-scenes for nearly 10 years, holding a full-time faculty position at the University of Texas at El Paso, volunteering on multiple local political campaigns, and later serving as Communications Director for Mayor Raymond Caballero from 2001 to 2005. It was Caballero who finally convinced Escobar she’d be a perfect fit to serve the local county government. “He said something to me that was very powerful. He said, 'Look, I know you help candidates but I just don't know how you can ask other people to do something that you are not willing to do.' And I was like, ‘Ouch’! I remember thinking, 'Even if I lose, it is important for me to at least try and to participate in this way,” she recalls.