Can a Latino senator change 170 years of California history? It is up to the governor.

California, the state with the largest number of Latino, has a chance to undo 170 years of history.

Now that Sen. Kamala Harris is Vice President-Elect, California Government. Gavin Newsom must fill his Senate seat.

Pressure has been building for Newsome that has not been done since California, which used to be part of Mexico, became a state on September 9, 1850 – send a Latino to Washington as one of its US senators.

The country has already made history by electing Harris, who will be the first woman, the first black American, and the first South Asian American to serve as vice president.

It’s time for California to make some more history with the Latino US senator, said Nathalie Race, president and CEO of the Latino Victory Fund.

“It would be great to have the glass ceiling smashed,” Race said.

National and state Latino MPs and Latino organizations have rallied for Newsome to elect a Latino for the state that is home to 15 million Hispanics. However, there are also calls for Newsome to appoint another black woman or someone from the LGBTQ community to end Harris’s term.

California Latino Legislative Caucus is holding five news conferences statewide to give its arguments for Newsome.

The first was held on Monday in Sacramento at Cesare Chavez Plaza, where caucus members spoke while signaling that “Governor Newsom. It’s time to appoint California’s first Latin or Latina US senator.”

It is uncertain when Newsom will make its pick, but some Latino groups say it could happen before Thanksgiving.

At the news conference, Caucus Vice Chairman Robert Rivas noted that Latino is 54 percent of the state’s K-12 schoolchildren “but cannot represent themselves at the highest levels of our government.”

“Latino helped build this state. We cook its food, serve its National Guard, contribute greatly to its art and culture and make up about 25 percent of its business,” said Rivas.

He said, “Since joining the Union of California in 1850, we had 44 members in the US Senate. There has been not one, not one, Latino. Gov Newsom, you have the opportunity to change that.”

The California Victory Fund, a national political advocacy group, and BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are galvanized by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla as their choice, while California groups, including the Legislative Caucasus and the Latino Community Foundation Are included. , A philanthropic organization, usually pushing for a Latino or Latino appointment.

But while Padilla is considered a top contender, he was twice elected as Secretary of State in a statewide race that earned him recognition and recognition.

A network of donors and contacts has been created by Padilla that will allow them to quickly assemble an election campaign, which will go on very quickly in 2021; The seat is up for election in 2022.

“This situation often doesn’t come around,” said Amanda Renteria, who was hired as the first Chief of Staff in the US Senate and later became the national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. RenterĂ­a said that because a Senate campaign in California is expensive because of its size and the cost of its media markets, it is harder for employees who do not have statewide name recognition to launch the campaign.

‘Pick Padilla’

The Latino Victory Fund has created a “Pick Padilla” campaign to expand support. California’s Latino will have representation “California has the largest Latino population in the country – 1 in 3 is Latino,” the campaign’s website states, along with Padilla “.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaks at a press conference on September 24 in Los Angeles.Kirby Lee / AP File

An MIT-educated engineer, Padilla, 47, said last year that he turned to politics as a young college graduate in response to the controversial California voting initiative, Proposition 187, which denied health care, education and other benefits Someone who was believed to be in the country illegally. Court challenges prevented the initiative from moving forward, but it served as a political awakening for many who saw it as anti-Latino and immigrant – and the turning point of making California a democratic state Seen as

Padilla, joined in a massive march against Prop. 187, traveling from East Los Angeles to City Hall, carrying his nephew all over the shoulder.

“I can’t help but take it personally and push back against it,” Padila said in an interview.

A son of Mexican immigrants, Padilla has made history during his 20 years in public office, first when he became the first Latino elected president of the Los Angeles City Council and later when he was elected as the first Latino Secretary of State.

Padilla has created a national profile as head of the Democratic Association of Secretary of State, and is known for his work to make voting easier and more accessible. He gave every voter the option to send voter registration and postal ballots online, giving them the option to vote by mail.

Although Latino Vijay Nidhi and Bold Pac are handling Newsom for Padmila, other Latino’s are considered candidates for the task, including Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra is also mentioned as a possible selection for President-Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet. Other Long Beach mayors cited for the Senate seat are Robert Garcia; State Sen. Maria Elena Durazzo, chair of California Latino Legislative Caucus; And state assembly member Lorena Gonzalez.

‘We’ve been doing it for a long time’

RenterĂ­a said that recent elections show that something has changed. “We are seeing that a Latina community calls for a representative government so that their voice is heard and the communities are seen,” she said. “This movement began with the largest Latino turnout in the history of this country and every year 1 million Latino is likely to continue as 18 years.”

Groups pushing for a Latino pick have pointed to the Kovid-19’s disproportionate impact on Latino and are reminding Newsome that he is up for re-election in 11 months. Jacqueline Martinin Garcel’s Chief Executive Officer, Jacqueline Martinel Garcel said, “If they show that they are being re-elected with the help of Latino, then they show up and leave a legacy, which Latino remembers in this state Do and will stay in this state for a long time. ” Latino Community Foundation, said at Monday’s news conference.

Newsom should choose a Latino, he said, “not only because it has been 170 years that we have not received representation in the Senate,” but also “because we are California, and California is Latino.”

“We’re long overdue for that voice and representation,” she said.

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