Latino candidates awaiting right time

This article appeared on www.mysanantonio.com.  I found this assessment quite interesting.

“The demographics just aren’t there yet — only 37 percent of Texans are Latino. To win, a Latino candidate will need a large war chest, strong cross-over appeal among Anglos and a statewide network.

In some ways, 2010 is an annunciation year for the new generation of Latino leaders in San Antonio — they hear the call but are waiting for the right moment. Many, including state Rep. Mike Villarreal, the Castro twins — particularly state Rep. Joaquin Castro — were lobbied to run but decided to sit tight.

Right now, Texas does not look like it’s racing into a new future. But change is coming. By 2020, the Democratic Party’s strong Latino farm team — most of them with headquarters in San Antonio — will be ready for statewide play.”

I personally find it quite insulting. As a Latina I can pretty much decide who I want to support in a political race. I would support a Hispanic candidate, with or without a war chest, just as I would support any candidate of any race or ethnicity that could convince me they could do a better job at running state government and that they have a grasp on the issues at hand.

It  is quite disappointing to read that our current Hispanic leaders do not have the fortitude to run for office, especially if they believe they could do a better job for the people of Texas and in what capacity. If they don’t that’s fine, but we should not be out there recruiting candidates simply because of their race/ethnicity to bring out the Hispanic vote.

Felix knows he can do better for the people of Texas. He does not need a general consensus to convince him that he should run.  He does not need a clear slate. The whole purpose of elections is for the people to vote for the best candidate.

Our seniors, our children, our Veterans and every Texan out there affected by our current situation cannot wait until 2020 for real change to come to Texas. Felix has said over and over again. We need to prepare all Texans to compete in a global economy. We need a leader with vision, with leadership abilities, someone that is concerned for the needs of Texans today, not 4 to 1o years from now.  We need a leader that can stand on his own two feet. We need someone who can reach people and not just elected officials.

We have a farm breeding Latino politicians?

Latino candidates awaiting right time

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