48 Local Latino Leaders Endorse Amy Kennedy for Congress
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BRIGANTINE â€“ On Monday, a group of 48 Latino leaders and activists from across South Jersey endorsed Amy Kennedy for New Jerseyâ€™s Second Congressional district. Amy has also been endorsed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the BOLD PAC.
“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Latino leaders across the district. It’s imperative that weâ€™re working every day to value the diversity of our communities and working to protect Hispanic and Latino communities who have been under constant attack by the Trump administration,â€ Kennedy said in a statement released by her campaign.
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“Much too often, we see Latinos and communities of color pushed into the background and ignored when it comes to issues that are affecting them. Iâ€™m committed to raising up the voices of our Latino and Hispanic communities, to fighting against hatred and attacks on communities of color and ensuring that our policies protect and serve every community in South Jersey,” she added.
Bert Lopez, president of the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County and host of the popular local public affairs television show “Latino Motion,” was one of the signers.
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“She understands that our Hispanic community has too often been ignored by our leaders,” Lopez said. “She is a tireless worker willing to represent us and she will fight for South Jersey and our diverse community.
“Iâ€™m proud to be supporting Amy as the candidate for New Jerseyâ€™s second district. Jeff Van Drew turned his back on all of South Jersey, we need a leader with integrity and compassion who is committed to serving the people. I know Amy will be a champion for Hispanic and Latino communities, for communities of color and for those who are too often overlooked,” Lopez continued.
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Wilfredo Rojas, former president of the Philadelphia/New Jersey Chapters of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, added his voice of support for Kennedy as well.
“Hispanic and Latino communities are often overlooked, and we as a community suffer when our needs are ignored,” Rojas said. “Amy is running not just to be a leader for South Jersey, but to represent all communities.
“We are living in times of uncertainty. We canâ€™t afford leaders who will continue to cast the Hispanic and Latino communities aside. Iâ€™m proud to support Amy and I know she is willing to stand up for our community, to address our needs and to make sure our voices are heard,” Rojas continued.
Lopez and Rojas are joined by the following leaders and activists of the Latino community in South Jersey that support Amy Kennedy:
Lydia Munoz, Cumberland County
Angela Bardoe, Cumberland County
Cisco Martin, Cumberland County
Cassandra Martin-Pagan, Cumberland County
Myriam Ferrara, Atlantic County
Maria Laboy, Cumberland County
Hector Riveria, Atlantic County
Victor Bermudez, Cumberland County
Martin Perez, President of NJ Latino Leadership Alliance
Olivia Torres, Atlantic County
Ernest Aponte, Atlantic County
Ruben Bermudez, Cumberland County
William Poblete, Atlantic County
Shirley Santos, Cumberland County
Carmen Marrero, Gloucester County
Carmen Barrios, Atlantic County
Marco Barrios, Atlantic County
Arlene Munoz, Cumberland County
Alejandra Londono, Atlantic County
Elba Ortiz, Atlantic County
Florentina Martin, Cumberland County
Henry Guzman, Atlantic County
Yolanda Fernandez, Cumberland County
Dalis Vera, Atlantic County
Celida Rivera, Atlantic County
Daniel Mendez, Atlantic County
Ivenny Lopez, Atlantic County
Kaytl Figuera, Atlantic County
Rachel Garcia, Cumberland County
Brunilda Celeste Beatty, Cumberland County
Jorge Cabrales, Atlantic County
Jorge Salazur, Atlantic County
Ramon Valentine, Atlantic County
Jose Llerena, Atlantic County
Maritza Rodriguez-Smith, Atlantic County
Yvonne Rivera, Atlantic County
Hector Rodriguez, Jr., Gloucester County
Carlos Otero-Ramirez, Cape May County
Daniel Gomez, Atlantic County
Jacqueline Gomez, Atlantic County
Ramon Rodriguez, Cumberland County
Samuel Irizarry, Cumberland County
Daphne Bruno-Louis, Cumberland County
Celeste Fernandez, Atlantic County Freeholder Candidate
Jon Diego, Atlantic County
This endorsement is just one in a long list of endorsements for Amy Kennedy, including: Martin Luther King III, End Citizens United, Communication Workers of America, New Jersey Education Association, NJ CD 2 Progressive Democrats, NJ Working Families Alliance, Equality PAC and Taking the Hill PAC.
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