Senator Warner and Sanchez-Jones
Hispanics favor Democrat Creigh Deeds by 60 – 70 % margin according to Ricardo Ramirez, ethnic press liaison for the Deeds campaign. At Saturday morning’s GOTV (Get Out The Vote) rally held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument a contingent of Hispanic voters lined up for a group photo with U.S. Senator Mark Warner.
Vivian Sanchez-Jones, Democratic 6th District committee member pulled her crew together for the photo-op. There was no disputing who they supported.
Top on the list of priorities among Latino voters is “education, economic opportunity and being a part of a diverse dialogue … the more we get the message out – it resonates,” said Ramirez in a phone interview.
The Washington Hispanic newspaper endorsed Deeds Saturday. Ramirez said the endorsement came from the recognition of Deeds commonsense approach to the issues they care about. Deeds promised that his “administration would be the most diverse in Virginia history,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez also stressed that current Governor Tim Kaine “is adored in the Latino community” citing Kaine’s mission work in the Honduras and fluent Spanish. He is not afraid to embrace all Virginians and Deeds will follow in the Kaine and Warner tradition as governor declared Ramirez.
Hispanic support for Deeds flows down-ticket to Jody Wagner for Lt. Governor and Steve Shannon for Attorney General.
Saturday volunteers gathered in Richmond, Roanoke and in Northern Virginia, where in some locations the First Lady of Virginia, Anne Holton, joined them. Roanoke Hispanics gathered at Paradiso in Market Square.
- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, 17th District candidate Gwen Mason, Vivian Sanchez-Jones stand for Deeds
In Friday’s Press Release:
Virginia Latinas back Deeds for his strong record of fighting to expand opportunity for all Virginians. Throughout his 18 year legislative career, Deeds has worked to expand educational opportunities by investing in Virginia schools, and brought new jobs to the Commonwealth by creating the modern Governor’s Opportunity Fund.
As governor, Deeds will continue his work to expand opportunity for the Latino community. He will ensure that no student misses out on a college education because of the high cost of tuition. Deeds will create a “Virginia Forward” scholarship, which pays 50% of in-state tuition for any Virginia student with a B average who commits to two years of community service after graduation. Deeds will continue the economic policies of Governors Kaine and Warner that have brought new jobs and economic opportunity to the state, and has a plan to help increase minority-owned businesses earn state contracts. And as governor, Deeds will support equal opportunity laws — ensuring no Virginian faces discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability or sexual orientation, and will have the most diverse administration in Virginia’s history.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Local Events, Politics, State Politics
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