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Latino Victory Fund Anuncia Primeros Endosos Congresionales Primarias 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Latino Victory Fund announced its first round of congressional endorsements for the 2020 election cycle. Totaling 11 candidates, this is the largest slate of congressional candidates Latino Victory has ever endorsed. Women make up more than 50 percent of the slate, many of whom could make history by becoming the first Latina to represent their respective districts.

Latino Victory Fund’s newly-endorsed candidates:
U.S. Senate, New Mexico: Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. Senate, Texas: Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez
Tzintzún Ramirez could become the first Latina from Texas elected to the U.S. Senate

CA-22: Phil Arballo
Arballo could become the first Latino to represent California’s 22nd Congressional District

CA-53: Georgette Gómez
Gómez could become the first openly LGBTQ Latino/a elected to Congress and the first Latina to represent California’s 53rd Congressional District

FL-18: Oz Vazquez

IN-01: Mara Candelaria Reardon
Candelaria Reardon the first Latino/a from Indiana elected to Congress

IN-05: Christina Hale
Hale could become the first Latino/a from Indiana elected to Congress

KS-02: Michelle De La Isla
De La Isla could become the first Latino/a from Kansas elected to Congress

NM-03: Teresa Leger Fernandez
Leger Fernandez could become the first Hispanic woman to represent New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District

NY-15: Melissa Mark-Viverito
Mark-Viverito could become the first Latina to represent New York’s 15th Congressional District

TX-24: Candace Valenzuela
Valenzuela could become the first Latino/a to represent Texas’ 24th Congressional District

With the 5 members of Congress who were endorsed last year through the “Our Champions” program, Latino Victory Fund’s federal slate of candidates now totals 16.

Our Champion candidates:
CA-39: Rep. Gil Cisneros
CA-49: Rep. Mike Levin
FL-26: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
NM-02: Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
NY-19: Rep. Antonio Delgado

Latino Victory Fund Chair Luis A. Miranda, Jr. issued the following statement:

“The Latino community made tremendous strides in the 2018 election cycle when voters went to the polls in record numbers, electing the most Latinos ever to the United States Congress. Latino Victory Fund was proud to have played a key role during that historic election, and that’s why we’re not giving an inch in 2020. The fact that Latino Victory is endorsing its largest slate of candidates to date is a testament to the progress we’ve made during our five years of existence. This is truly how we build real and substantial Latino political power at all levels of government.”

Latino Victory Fund Executive Director Mayra Macías issued the following statement:

“From coast to coast, Latinos of all backgrounds are stepping up and running for office at a record number. Now more than ever, Latino Victory Fund is proud to support these bold candidates seeking to make history. Whether it is flipping red districts blue in California and Texas or electing the first Latina members of Congress from the Midwest, 2020 will be a landmark year for the Latino community.”

Macías added, “The slate of candidates Latino Victory Fund is announcing today will fight to expand opportunity for all Latinos. From fighting for better jobs and higher wages, lowering health care and prescription drug prices, or advocating for better public education for future generations, these Latino candidates are the leaders and voices our community needs in Congress.”

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government. From school boards to the Senate, to the White House, Latino Victory identifies, recruits, and develops candidates for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them.

During the historic 2018 cycle, Latino Victory targeted more seats and endorsed more candidates than in any previous cycle — 58 candidates with 43 victories (68% of the winning candidates were Latinas).

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