Houston, Texas - A new voter engagement group targeting Latino voters will launch its efforts on Wednesday, July 11. Created by a group of community leaders and professionals, "Latinos. Engaged. United. Voting." (LEUV) is committed to developing and supporting candidates while championing community issues with an ultimate goal of increasing voter participation and achieving effective Latino representation.
The July 11 event is open to all. Community leaders, organizations, candidates and elected officials are encouraged to attend.
"We are long overdue for a Latino engagement group that not only supports candidates, but helps candidates develop into champions of the Latino community," said business and community leader Greg Compean, adding, "I am proud to support LEUV in their mission to increase Latino voter participation and representation in Harris County."
Compean is a founding contributor to LEUV, said organizer Fidencio Leija, Jr, "When an accomplished community leader and major player in the political community, such as Mr. Compean, shows his support from Day 1, it means we are on the right path," adding, "LEUV wants to be more than just a rubber stamp of a candidate, but serve as a means to develop candidates to ensure their accountability to the Latino community."
On Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30pm at Bam Bou Lounge, 2540 University Blvd., Houston, TX, the community is invited to join Mr. Compean and community leaders in supporting LEUV at a community education forum and fundraiser. Dubbed "Education and Safety Matters to Latinos," the event will feature short presentations on both subjects by Joe Cardenas, III, former State Director of Texas LULAC and long-time education advocate; Erica S. Lee, candidate for Harris County Board of Education, Pct. 1; and Cindy Vara-Leija, candidate for Harris County Constable, Pct. 1. Those attending will also enjoy the Latino Gallery with a Purpose, opportunities to network with local leaders and professionals, as well as a Live DJ and dancing to close the evening.
With over three decades of experience in law enforcement, Ms. Vara-Leija offers a wealth of information on the topic of community safety, while Ms. Lee, a former teacher and policy professional, is a young and energetic advocate for public education. Mr. Cardenas has been on the front lines lobbying the Texas Legislature for fair and equitable education funding, and will offer his take on the legislative future of Texas Education.
Houston ISD Trustee, Juliet Katherine Stipeche, is equally supportive of LEUV, stating, "The Latino community needs an organization that will offer a new energy to engaging the community and candidates for office," adding, "I look forward to working with LEUV to better educate the community about improving educational opportunities locally."