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50+ Latino Leaders from Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor in New Coalition – Todos Con Terry


From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

50+ Latino Leaders from Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor in New Coalition – Todos Con Terry

Leaders Cite Terry’s Plan to Get COVID-19 Under Control, Keep Schools Open, Students Safe, and Virginia’s Economy Strong

MCLEAN, VA – More than 50 Latino leaders from across Virginia today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor as part of a new coalition – Todos con Terry – citing Terry’s strong record of support for the Latino community and his plan to get COVID-19 under control and keep Virginia’s economy on track. Terry has proven his leadership on COVID-19 recovery, calling for all employers – including health care systems and school districts – to require vaccines and requiring COVID-19 vaccination of his campaign staff. As governor, Terry will create good paying jobs, make health care more affordable, invest in education, and continue his commitment to ensuring that all Virginians are treated with dignity and respect.

“We are at a critical moment for our Commonwealth, with the economy back on track and kids back in the classroom, now is the time to elect Terry McAuliffe to keep our Commonwealth moving forward,” said Delegate Hala Ayala, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor. “Having known Terry for years, I couldn’t imagine having a better partner in our collective fight to advance the Latino community’s priorities and lead us through this challenging time.”

“I am endorsing Terry for Governor because of his strong record on public health. I trust he will take the ongoing pandemic seriously,” said Delegate Elizabeth Guzman. “Terry is focused on the right priorities and knows we must get COVID-19 under control in order to keep our kids safely in the classroom, keep our businesses open and keep our economy strong. I have no doubt that Terry will build on his strong record and continue to listen and support working families, invest in education and make health care more accessible and affordable as our next governor.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the Latino community across the Commonwealth. I stand with Terry because after eighteen months of hardship he supports following CDC guidelines and has prioritized vaccines so that we can safely get our kids back in school and keep our economy on the right track. Terry fights for all Virginians, and I know he will listen to the Latino community and will work to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic. We need Terry in Richmond and I have full faith in his leadership,” said Alexandria City Councilmember Canek Aguirre.

“Terry has a record of delivering results for Virginia’s Latino community. He has our respect and our trust. I know that he will remain committed to advancing opportunities for Latinos in Virginia during his next term as Governor,” said Delegate Alfonso Lopez. “From showing leadership on COVID-19 safety, to raising the minimum wage and securing paid sick days and family medical leave, Terry is dedicated to Virginia’s families and will always put what is right for Virginia and our economy first. I am proud to endorse Terry for governor.”

“I am honored that so many Latino leaders have come together from all across our great Commonwealth to support our campaign to move Virginia into a stronger future. As Virginia’s next governor, I will always fight to keep Virginia open and welcoming to all, and help lift up everyone as we recover from this pandemic,” said Terry McAuliffe. “COVID has given Virginia unprecedented challenges, but by working together to get this virus under control, I know we can get big things done. Together we will create good-paying jobs, make health care more affordable, and give every Virginia child a world-class education. We did it before, and we’ll do it again.”

Co-Chairs of Todos con Terry include:

  • Delegate Elizabeth Guzman
  • Delegate Alfonso Lopez
  • Alexandria City Councilmember Canek Aguirre
  • Dalia Palchik, Fairfax Supervisor
  • Carla Bustillos, Political Director, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia

The full list of Todos con Terry endorsers includes:

  • Cesar del Aguila, Vice Mayor, Herndon
  • Fernando “Marty” Martinez, Vice Mayor, Leesburg
  • David Farajollahi, Councilmember, City of Manassas
  • J. Walter Tejada, Former Member of the Arlington County Board, Arlington
  • Jonathan Dromgoole, President, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Arlington
  • Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director, CASA in Action, Woodbridge
  • Nancy Rodrigues, Former Virginia Secretary of Administration, Surry
  • Maribel Ramos, Former Virginia Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Fairfax
  • Jocelyn Garay, Former Coalitions Director for Mark Warner for Virginia, Fairfax
  • Fernando Mercado Violand, Former Virginia Deputy State Director and Virginia Political Director, Joe Biden for President, Charlottesville
  • Monique Alcala, Former Virginia Coalitions Director, Joe Biden for President, Alexandria
  • Ariel Garayar, Former Virginia Deputy Coalitions Director, Joe Biden for President, Falls Church
  • Maritza Zermeño, Mt. Vernon Democratic Committee Chair, Mount Vernon
  • Mariana Brazao, Finance Director, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Sterling
  • Kevin Saucedo-Broach, NOVA Regional Vice Chair, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Arlington
  • Luciano Benjamin, Charlottesville & Shenandoah Valley Regional Vice Chair, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Harrisonburg
  • Ricardo Alfaro, Vice Chair for Technology and Communications, Democratic Party Virginia, Alexandria
  • Dagoberto Acevedo, Communications Director, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Fairfax
  • Sofia Rosales, Outreach Director, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Gainesville
  • Christopher Concepcion-Ballester, Arlington Democratic Latino Caucus Chair, Arlington
  • Juan Dromgoole, Director of Technology, Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, Arlington
  • Saehee Perez, Chair, Virginia Democrats Teen Caucus, McLean
  • ​​Freddy Mejia, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Paul Berry, Community Leader, Reston
  • Beatriz Paz, Community Leader, Arlington/Stafford
  • Cecilia Williams, Educator & Community Leader, Fairfax
  • Walewska Watkins, Attorney, Ashburn
  • Rodrigo Soto, Community Leader, Fairfax County
  • Chris Falcon, Owner, The Falcon Firm, PLLC, Fairfax County
  • Karina Kline-Gabel, Educator & Community Leader, Harrisonburg
  • Jasmin Chavez Cruz, Community Leader, Falls Church
  • Cecily Rodriguez, Community Leader, Henrico
  • Mel Borja, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Melody Gonzales, Community Leader, Arlington
  • Javier Cuebas, National Latino Advisor, Biden for President, Springfield
  • Estuardo Rodriguez, Principal & Co-Founder, The Raben Group, Fairfax City
  • Rosalia Fajardo, Special Education Advocate, Springfield
  • Dr. Sergio Rimola, Healthcare Advocate, Sergio R. Rimola PLLC, Herndon
  • Mercedes Santos-Bell, Community Leader, Chesapeake
  • Patricia Funegra, Founder & President, Global Development Advisors, Arlington
  • Maria Cristina Caballero, Founder & President Dialogue on Diversity, Clifton
  • Diana Brown, 2021 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal, Virginia Beach
  • Khenia Haro-Perez, Community Leader, Norfolk
  • Gaston Araoz, Former Latino Outreach Coordinator, Tim Kaine for Senate, Arlington
  • Douglas Garcia, Community Leader, Alexandria
  • Ignacia S. Moreno, CEO & Principal, The iMoreno Group, PLC, McLean
  • Freddy Chacón, Community Leader, Arlington
  • Samanta Azpurua, Venezolanos con Biden, Arlington
  • Diego Scharifker, Venezolanos con Biden, Fairfax County
  • Elda Stanco Downey, Community Leader, Roanoke
  • Elvis Cordova, Former Obama Administration Appointee, Alexandria
  • Lola Quintela, Community Leader, Fairfax
  • Juan M. Hernandez, Community Leader, Chesapeake
  • Shanteny Jackson, Healthcare Advocate & Community Leader, Richmond
  • Deanna Fierro, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Sandra Brody, Community Leader, Arlington
  • Genoveva Border, Director, Spanish Services at Marks and Harrison, Glen Allen
  • Lyons Sanchezconcha, Educator, Richmond
  • Margie Del Castillo, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, Fairfax
  • Erika Yalowitz, Community Leader, Fairfax

In July, Terry received the endorsement of CASA In Action, a Latino and immigrant advocacy organization. Latino Virginians are a large and invaluable community within the Commonwealth, with more than 900,000 Virginians identifying as Hispanic or Latino, making up nearly 11% of Virginia’s total population. The community has grown by over 275,000 in the Commonwealth since 2010 and continues to play a vital role in Virginia’s flourishing economy and growing community.

Terry has released 18 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricingconfront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, reform Virginia’s criminal justice systemcreate a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems and tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs, make higher education more affordable and boost Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries.


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