December 3, 2016
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Largest Spanish Language Newspaper in VA. Endorses Democrat for Gov.

Alexandria- In case you missed it, Friday, the Washington Hispanic enthusiastically endorsed Creigh Deeds for governor, calling Deeds a “champion” of the Hispanic community.

In the editorial, they highlighted his strong relations with the Hispanic community and his support of issues important to Hispanic Virginians and all Virginians.  They call on Latino voters to support Sen. Deeds to ensure the community has a seat at the table in the Governor's office.

The full text of the article in Spanish and an English translation is below and can be viewed here: 
http://www.washingtonhispanic.com/html/editorial.html 

It's Deeds' Time 
The Washington Hispanic

His name, Creigh Deeds, is not yet well known among Hispanics. But his actions in recent years have made him a champion of our community in the Virginia State Senate, where he is one of its most prominent members.

Deeds, 51, is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia in the election that will take place next Tuesday, November 3rd.  His opponent is Robert McDonnell, a Republican.

In this election many things are in peril, especially the prestige of the party now in power, the party that won the general election a year ago,  bringing Democratic candidate Barack Obama to the presidency.

And, although the party had wide victories then, polls show that the race is quite close.

It is at this crucial point that the Latino vote could play a pivotal role and, as a well-known activist has pointed out in this edition, it could be a decisive factor in determining the winner of the election.

And yet, one must ask, why should the Hispanic electorate vote for Deeds? There are many reasons, including his opposition to the anti-immigrant laws proposed in the state's House of Delegates. His intervention stopped these proposals that were against our community and immigrants in general. It is well-known that he rejected the 287 (g) program in Virginia, a program that gives police officers the ability to ask detainees about their immigration status.

Additionally, his campaign has pledged to strengthen the relationship between the state/local governments and us in the Latino community, since we Latinos have, sadly, "not had a seat at the table," in the words of the candidate. As a result, the Latino community could benefit from millions of dollars available to carry out projects in Virginia.

In addition, Deeds has surrounded himself with Latinos throughout his campaign, as well as with Latino advisers, and has sought the community's involvement with help from full-time volunteers through rallies and fundraising events.

Another example of Deeds' commitment to the Latino community was his public support of the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.  His opponent, on the other hand, did not say a word about the nomination.

The cards - or the votes - are on the table. The Washington Hispanic, as a spokesman for the Hispanic community, supports the candidacy of Creigh Deeds for governor of Virginia. We hope that Latino voters do not miss this historic opportunity, and that on Tuesday, November 3rd, all will go to the polls in mass numbers in order to show our electoral strength.

La hora de Deeds

Editorial del diario The Washington Hispanic

Su nombre -Creigh Deeds-, todavía no es muy conocido entre los hispa nos. Pero sus acciones lo han 
con vertido, desde varios años atrás, en un adalid de nuestra comunidad en el Senado estatal de Virginia, donde es uno de sus más destacados miembros. 
Deeds, a sus 51 años, es el candidato del Par tido Demócrata para Gobernador de Virginia en las elecciones del próximo martes 3 de no viembre. Su oponente es el republicano Robert McDonnell. 
En estas elecciones muchas cosas están en juego, especialmente el prestigio del partido hoy en el poder, que ganó las elecciones genera les de hace un año llevando al entonces candi dato demócrata Barack Obama a la presidencia. Y a pesar que el mismo partido barrió en Vir ginia en esa ocasión, las encuestas señalan que ahora hay un equilibrio de fuerzas muy cerrado entre los dos contrincantes. 
Es allí donde entra a tallar el voto latino que, como un conocido activista lo señala en esta edición, puede ser decisivo para determinar al ganador de los comicios. 
Pero ¿por qué los electores hispanos debe rían votar por Deeds? 
Hay muchas razones, entre ellas su oposi ción a cuanta ley antiinmigrante procedió de la Cámara de Delegados estatal. Su intervención hizo "morir" (les puso fin) a esas propuestas, que iban contra nuestra comunidad y los inmi grantes en general. Es conocido su rechazo a establecer en Virginia el programa 287 (g), que otorga facultades a la policía para preguntar a los detenidos por su estado migratorio. 
Asimismo, en su campaña se ha comprome tido a intensificar el acercamiento del gobierno local y estatal con la comunidad latina, a fin de que aproveche los millones de dólares que exis ten en contratos para ejecutar diferentes obras y actividades en Virginia, "y donde lamentable mente la comunidad latina no está sentada en la mesa", según asegura el candidato. 
Además, Deeds se ha rodeado de latinos co mo parte de su campaña, con asesores de ese origen, y ha buscado el acercamiento de la co munidad, con voluntarios a tiempo completo en los mítines y actos de recaudación de fondos. 
Un último botón de muestra: su respaldo público a la nominación de la jueza Sonia Soto mayor para el cargo de miembro de la Corte Su prema. Su oponente, por contraste, no dijo una palabra al respecto. 
Las cartas -o los votos- están sobre la me sa. Washington Hispanic, como vocero de la comunidad hispana, respalda la candidatura a Gobernador de Virginia de Creigh Deeds. Espe ramos que nuestros electores no desaprovechen esta histórica oportunidad y el martes 3 de no viembre acudan en masa a los centros de vota ción para hacer sentir su fuerza electoral.

Deeds for Virginia, P.O. Box 533, Richmond, VA 23218.

 

 

 



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