Representation is a crucial part of any democracy, but how do you know if you’re really represented? Across the country, more and more Latinos are running for office in unexpected places.
Erika Aguilar reports on 45 year-old Jose Moreno running for city council in Anaheim, a city that is more than half Latino yet has no Latino councilmembers. In Arizona, Jude Joffe-Block looks at the race for the state’s superintendent of public instruction, where fourth-generation Arizonan David Garcia is hoping to fix his state’s troubled relationship with education. And in the Providence, Rhode Island mayoral race, reporter Ian Donnis introduces us to Jorge Elorza, a Guatemalan-American who is challenging the city’s legendary former mayor Buddy Cianci.
Photo above is of David Garcia, right, at a recent candidate forum hosted by Univision. Garcia is running for state superintendent of public instruction in Arizona.
Correction: In our story on the Arizona school superintendent’s race, we incorrectly described Common Core as being federal academic standards. Common Core is a bipartisan, state-led effort to adopt national academic standards.