Latinos For Texas Blog

2005-Sep-19

Ferrer to face Bloomberg

Filed under: — kevin @ 5:07 pm

Fernando Ferrer officially passed the 40% mark to be the Democratic candidate for mayor of NYC. What are the chances that Latinos will govern the two largest cities in the U.S.? Recent polls show suggest that they are not good. But we’ll see what happens with our yanqui vecinos al norte.

Sojourner’s Editor Jim Wallis in Austin, 9/21

Filed under: — kevin @ 10:00 am

From an email I received:

Jim Wallis will be speaking at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest’s 2005 Blandy Lectures on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at 6:30 p.m.

Jim’s keynote address will be held at El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission in the city. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds go to support the ministries of El Buen Samaritano. For maps and directions, please visit here.

Jim Wallis is the author of the recent New York Times bestseller, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.

Jim is also founder and editor of Sojourners and convener of Call to Renewal.

Jim Wallis is one of the leaders of the Religious Left and a phenomenal speaker. If you haven’t read his most recent book, do so ahorita.

Guest Blogger: Alfred Stanley

Filed under: — kevin @ 9:13 am

Alfred Stanley, a friend of LFT, introduces Judge Jim Coronado to us:

Saludos LFT! Me llamo Alfred Stanley. I am helping my old friend, Judge Jim Coronado run for Justice of the Third Court of Appeals, which serves a 24-county area centered around Travis. Justice Jan Patterson serves on the Court. Attorney Diane Henson ran for it last year, did not quite make it and is running for a different place next year. Four of the six places on the court will be up in November, 2006.

Jim is a judge with 16 years experience and would make an excellent appellate judge. (An appellate judge is also referred to as a justice.) One of the reasons we’re both excited about this race is the opportunity to reach out to potential Hispanic voters. Travis County is 45% of the district; the district outside of Travis is about one-quarter Hispanic but not nearly as well organized as Travis. Yet there are lots of positive things to build upon. Jimmy Rocha, for example, is Williamson Co. chair, and Williamson Co. is 15% of the district, fast growing and becoming more and more Hispanic. Political consultant David Butts recently told me he expects Democrats to be able to pick up a commissioners seat there soon.

While I’m an Anglo born in New York City, I’ve been in Texas for nearly 30 years and have played key roles in the campaigns of Gus Garcia and Gonzalo Barrientos (fund-raiser for Gus’s first City Council campaign and for Gonzalo’s first and most recent Senate campaigns). Gus and his wife Marina are the godparents of my youngest son.

I value diversity and do what I can to make sure that well-qualified minorities and women are not overlooked when it comes to being considered for office. Other clients of mine include Travis County’s first African-American sheriff, Greg Hamilton, and former Austin Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman. Often, I’ve made it possible for candidates who do not have a lot of personal resources to be able to run well-funded, winning campaigns.

Over the last ten years I’ve also recruited, trained and helped young Hispanics get a foothold in politics including Adrian Saenz with Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, Jim Navarro, formerly with Congressman Nick Lampson and State Rep. Joe Deshotel, Tanya Vazquez, chief of staff to Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher, Rebecca Leal with the Texas Freedom Network and numerous others.

I’d primarily like to blog on Judge Coronado’s campaign as it unfolds and reflect upon the challenges and successes of reaching out to Latinos, some of whom may need to be encouraged to pursue citizenship, some of whom may need to register, some of whom are registered but need to be inspired by the possibility of a Justice Jim Coronado and all that that represents, some of whom vote but who may never have worked on a campaign, and some of whom may be involved but who are anxious to help achieve the still significant milestone of electing a Mexican-American to a Texas appellate bench.

Judge Jim Coronado

Mil gracias, Alfred.

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