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Press Release - Clinton Campaign Announces National Hispanic Leadership Council

June 30, 2007

Leaders From Across The Country Will Guide Campaign Outreach Efforts

Hillary Clinton today announced the formation of the campaign's National Hispanic Leadership Council and named its Executive Committee, demonstrating her growing support among the Hispanic community. Clinton made the announcement in Orlando, Florida, where she is participating in a Presidential Forum during the 24th Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

The Executive Committee, comprised of national and local leaders from across the country, will serve as an advisory board for the campaign on issues important to the Latino community and will play an active role reaching out and organizing Hispanics in their communities and across the country.

"The support for Hillary Clinton in the Latino community continues to grow," said Raul Yzaguirre, Campaign Co-Chair and Chair of Hispanic Outreach efforts. "I first met Hillary Clinton when she was registering voters in South Texas, and her commitment to public service continues today. Whether it's fighting for universal health care, making college more accessible or creating better job opportunities, her record on issues important to Latinos speaks for itself. I am proud to support Hillary, and to be joined by such a strong group of leaders working on her behalf."

"I support Hillary Clinton because she is the candidate that will help create opportunities to empower our communities across America," said New York Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. "Hillary has consistently supported proposals that help strengthen the middle class and working families. In New York, I have witnessed her work to launch economic development initiatives to provide critical resources to small and micro businesses and helped launch a private sector initiative called New Jobs for New York that makes venture capital available to New York's innovators, many of whom are Latinos."

"I am proud to support Hillary Clinton for President," said Florida State Rep. Luis García. "As a life-long firefighter and former Fire Chief, I know the true meaning of public service and Hillary embodies that concept. Our country is ready for her strong leadership that will take our country in a new direction."

"I am honored to be joined by so many leaders that have dedicated their lives to advocating for better education for our children, access to health care, civil and voting rights and advancing economic opportunities not only for Latinos, but for all Americans," Clinton said. "With their support, we will continue taking our message of change across the country."

A USA Today/Gallup poll released this week found that among Hispanic voters, Hillary Clinton leads the primary field by 46 points. Hillary Clinton has fought for many issues important to the Latino community, including education, health care, economic opportunities and a fair and humane immigration reform.

NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor, and National Campaign Chair

Fabián Núñez, California Assembly Speaker

Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey

Rep. José Serrano (NY-16)

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-12)

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-38)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-13)

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Raúl Martínez, former Mayor of Hialeah

State Rep. Luis García (FL)

State Rep. Darren Soto (FL)

Houston Councilwoman Carol Alvarado

Lillye Ramos Spooner, Community Activist, Epsom, NH

Raul Yzaguirre, Former President, National Council of La Raza

Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers Union, Human Rights Activist

Eddie Escobedo, President, El Mundo, NV

Adriana Martinez, Former President, Nevada Democratic Party

Robert Gomez, President, Magic Brite Janitorial, NV

HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

ARIZONA

State Representative Martha Garcia, Phoenix

State Representative Linda J. Lopez, Phoenix

City Councilor Joel G. Belloe, Eloy

Vice Mayor Frank Acuña, Eloy

CALIFORNIA

State Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero, Salinas

State Assemblymember Charles M. Calderon, City of Industry

State Assemblymember Kevin de Leon, Los Angeles

Honorable Maria Echaveste, DNC Member, Berkeley

State Assemblymember Edward P.Hernandez, West Covina

City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco

State Assemblymember Tony Mendoza, Norwalk

Honorable Mirian Saez, San Francisco

State Assemblymember Mary Salas, Chula Vista

State Assemblymember Jose Solorio, Anaheim

Hon. Irene Flores, Garvey School District, Garvey School District

Mayor Elba Guerrero, Huntington Park

Mayor Manuel Lozano, Baldwin Park

Mayor Ray Soleno, Reedley

Mayor Robert Fierro, Commerce

Mayor Ray Luna, Santa Paula

Mayor Daniel Furtado, Campbell

Former Mayor Joaquin Gonzalez, Hanford

Former Mayor Leticia Vasquez, Lynwood

Former Mayor Ofelia Hernandez, Huntington Park

Former Mayor Juan Noguez, Huntington Park

Former Mayor Frank Quintero, Glendale

Former Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez, San Jose

Former Mayor Emelina Pedras, Lynwood

Former Mayor Diane Martinez, Paramount

Rosalie Alvarado, National School District, San Diego

Mayor John Huerta, Greenfield

Former Mayor Maria Davila, Southgate

George Aaron Aguilar, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

COLORADO

DNC Member Mannie Rodriguez, Boulder

FLORIDA

Former Ambassador to OAS Luis J. Lauredo, Miami

Former Executive Director of Florida Democratic Party Ana Cruz, Tampa

School Board Member Susan Valdes, Hillsborough County

County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, Broward County

Susan Wuczewski, Activist, Orlando

ILLINOIS

Alderman Daniel Solis, Chicago

IOWA

Miguel Moreno, President, AFSCME Local 3000, Glenwood

Alfred Ramirez, Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, Cedar Rapids

NEW JERSEY

Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres, Paterson

Mayor Alberto Santos, Kearny

DNC Member Tonio Burgos, Jersey City

Mayor Silverio Vega, West New York

NEVADA

Rene Cantu, education advocate. Latin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Liz Carrasco, reproductive rights activist

Maximiliano Couvillier, Associate at Lionel, Sawyer & Collins. Latin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Anita Laruy, community activist

Jacki Ramirez, community activist

Margarita Rebollal, East Las Vegas Community Outreach Corporation

Tom Rodriguez, Hispanic activist and author

Randy Soltero, community activist

Daniel J. Tafoya, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors. Community activist

Brian Ayala, Ayala's Inc., President

Javier Barrajas, Lindo Michoacan, owner.

NEW YORK

State Senator Martin Dilan, Brooklyn

State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr., Galena Park

State Assemblymember Luis Diaz, Bronx

State Assemblymember Felix Ortiz, Brooklyn

State Assemblymember Philip Ramos, Brentwood

State Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo, Bronx

State Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat, New York

State Assemblymember Peter Rivera, New York

State Assemblymember Jose Rivera, Bronx

Councilmember Sara Gonzalez, Brooklyn

Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Bronx

Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Bronx

Former State Assemblymember Roberto Ramirez, Bronx

TEXAS

State Representative Armando Martinez, Weslaco

State Representative Richard Raymond, Laredo

Former Mayor Felix Arambula, Marion

Tarrant County Constable Sergio De Leon, Ft. Worth

City Commissioner Leslie Gonzalez, El Cenizo

City Commissioner Noe Hernandez, El Cenizo

Mayor Raul Reyes, El Cenizo

State Senator Carlos Uresti, San Antonio

Former DNC Base Vote Director Andy Hernandez, San Antonio

State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Corpus Christi

City Commissioner Sally Arroyo, Brownsville

Business Leader Alonzo Cantu, McAllen

Chair of Tejano Democrats, Victor Garza, Edinburg

State Representative Veronica Gonzales, McAllen

State Representative Rene Oliveira, Brownsville

State Representative Aaron Peña, Edinburg

State Representative "Chente" Quintanilla, El Paso

State Representative Juan Manuel Escobar, Kingsville

Justice of the Peace Sylvia Johnson, Premont

County Attorney Alfred Isassi, Kingsville

County Tax Assessor/Collector Lucilla Reynolds Alice

County Clerk Frutoso Garza, Falfurrias

County Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez, Lubbock

County Treasurer Manuel Reyes, Jr., Eagle Pass

District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza Austin

Councilmember Lecho Quiroga, Uvalde

Councilmember Celestino Ramirez, Mission

Mayor Pro-Tem Charlie Rodgers, Jr., Eden

District Attorney Fred Hernandez, Del Rio

County Sheriff Oscar Lopez Alice

Former Texas State Senator Joe Bernal, San Antonio

District Clerk David Guerrero, Alice

Attorney Regina Montoya, Dallas

JoAnn Ramon, Democratic Party Activist, San Antonio

Precinct Chair Heather Ramon-Ayala, San Antonio

City Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan, San Antonio

Gabriel Rosales, National Representative for National Association of Public Employees, San Antonio

Former County Judge Ramon Garcia, Edinburg

State Democratic Executive Committee Member, Rose Salas, Houston

Community Leader Rosa Rosales, San Antonio

State Representative Abel Herrero, Corpus Christi

Former Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair R.D. "Bobby" Guerra, MacAllen

National Hispanic Institute Michael Soto, San Antonio

Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa, Edinburg

Larry Romo, San Antonio Democratic Veterans

Hillary Clinton, Press Release - Clinton Campaign Announces National Hispanic Leadership Council Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/293675

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