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Special Election Results Edition - Novem ber 2018 

PALCUS Congratulates Portuguese-American Elected Officials

PALCUS would like to congratulate all those Portuguese-Americans who were elected or re-elected to public office in the recent national elections!  From California to Massachusetts to Florida, our community gained more representation at all levels of government from U.S Congress to local seats.

Congratulations as well to all those who put in the hard work and passion to run for office but were not elected this time around.  It takes courage and commitment, and we applaud your efforts.

First Portuguese-American Woman  Elected to the U.S. Congress
Lori Loureiro Trahan  will represent Massachusetts House District #3 (Lawrence/Lowell). 
Congratulations Congresswoman-Elect!


Did you know? ....PALCUS maintains the most comprehensive database of Portuguese-American elected and appointed officials in the United States.   We invite all Portuguese-American public officials (elected and appointed) to complete a simple questionnaire to add their profile to the National Database. This is a valuable resource for connecting with PALCUS and the Portuguese-American community at large.

Click HERE to add your profile to the Database!

Would you like to assist PALCUS in our Government Relations initiatives?  Please contact us at or call 202-466-4664.

Below is a list of Portuguese-Americans who were elected or re-elected to office.  Did we miss someone? Please let us know!

Jim Costa - U.S. Congress House District #16 (Fresno/Merced) 
Devin Nunes - U.S. Congress House District #22 (Tulare/Fresno) 
David Valadão - U.S. Congress House District #21 (Hanford/Fresno/Kern) 
Cecilia Aguiar-Curry - Assembly District #4 (Yolo County) 
Dennis Mederos - City Council (Tulare) 
Ed Alves - City Council (Escalon) 
Dan Tavares Arreola - City Council (Tracy)
Tom Faria - City Council (Los Banos) 
Eugene Anthony Costa Jr. - City Council (Guadalupe) 
Cherily Bairos - City Council (Oakdale)
Tim Silva - City Council (Barstow)
Mary Rocha - Antioch School Board 
Alan Fernandes - Davis Unified School Board 
Thomas Silva - Galt Union Elementary School District (Galt)
Alicia Martela - Hanford High School Board (Hanford)
Natalie Toste - Island Union School Board (Lemoore)
Carey Alves - Island Union School Board (Lemoore)
Adam T. Medeiros - Kings County Board of Education (Hanford)
Mike Serpa - Kingsburg High School District (Kingsburg)
Ed Mendes - Lemoore Elementary School Board (Lemoore)
Peter Neves - LMUSD Governing Board (Tehema)
Dennis Areias - Los Banos School District (Los Banos)
Marie Freitas - Manteca Unified School District (Manteca)
Todd Machado - Mcswain School District (Merced) 
John  Pedrozo - Merced College Board (Merced)
Cody Brum - Oakview Union Elementary District (Oakview)
Jack Soares - Pioneer Union Elementary Board (Lemoore)
David Bettencourt - River Delta School Board (Rio Vista)
Natalie Cardosa Coelho - School Board (Tulare)
Chris de Azevedo - School Board (Tulare)
Matt Vierra - Templeton Unified School District (Templeton) 
Lori Souza - Tracy Unified School District (Tracy)
George Azevedo - Winton School Board (Winton) 
William Pavão - American River Flood Contrl District (Davis)
Lisa Borba - Contra Costa County Water District (Contra Costa Cty)
Joe Câmara - Escalon Fire Protection Distirct (Escalon)
Manuel Ferreira - Fire Protection District (Orange Grove) 
Alvin Simas - Knightseen Town Community Services (Contra Costa Cty)
Doug Machado - Lower Resources Conservation Board (Elk Grove)
James Costa Sr. - Lower Tulare Irrigation District (Tulare) 
Freddy Oliveira - Merquim Water District (Merced Cty) 
Neli Cardoso - Port of Santa Cruz District (Santa Cruz) 
Eric Borga - Porterville Water District (Porterville) 
Vicky Borba - Riverdale Public Utility (Riverdale) 
Eduard J. (Ted) Costa - San Juan Water District (San Juan) 
Tony Estremera - Santa Clara Water Board (Santa Clara) 
Scott Silveira - Supervisor (Merced Cty) 
John C. Vieira - Tracy Rural Fire Protection District (Tracy) 
Robert Pombo - Tracy Rural Fire Protection District (Tracy) 
John Maciel - Tuolumne Utilities District (Tuolomne) 
Thomas Pereira - Westdide Water District (San Benito) 
Steven Serpa - Westdide Water District (San Benito) 
Larry Enos - Byron Bethany Irrigation District (Contra Costa County) 
Sofia Pereira - City Council (Arcata) 
Michael Silva - Vacaville School District (City of Vacaville)

Rosa Rebimbas - CT House District #70
Eddie Branquinho - Palm Coast City Council

Lori Loureiro Trahan - U.S. Congress House District #3
Marc R. Pacheco - MA Senate: First Plymouth  & Bristol District
Michael Rodrigues - MA Senate: First Bristol & Plymouth District
David T. Vieira - MA House: Third Barnstable District
Dylan Fernandes - MA House: Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket District
Alan Silvia - MA House: Seventh Bristol District
Antonio F. D. Cabral - MA House: Thirteenth Bristol District

New Jersey
Armando Fontoura - Essex County Sheriff
Albino Cardoso - City Council of Kearny
Stephanie Gonçalves - Elizabeth Board of Education

Rhode Island  
Peter F. Neronha - RI Attorney General 
Adam Satchell - RI Senate District #9 
Charlene Lima - RI House District #14
Joseph J. Solomon - RI House District # 22
Deborah A. Fellela - RI House District # 43
Dennis M. Canario - RI House District # 71
José Serodio - RI House District #
Laufton Ascencao - RI House District #68
Robert DaSilva - Mayor of East Providence
Anna Sousa - East Providence City Council Ward #2
Ricardo Mourato - East Providence City Council Ward #4
Anthony Ferreira - East Providence School Board
Antonio A. Teixeira - Bristol Town Council  
Agostinho Silva - Central Falls Town Council 
Thank you to the California Portuguese-American Coalition (CPAC), T he Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College and the New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference (NYPALC) for partnering with us by providing research for our "Races to Watch" Project.  


PALCUS calls on all Portuguese-American civic, social and faith-based groups and organizations to join with us in establishing a nationwide network that will help us work together in mobilizing our community to be counted in 2020.

Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664 to register your organization.

View the promotional video HERE.

Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken at the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference to build the social capital of our community, then please join us and become a member today!

Strong membership participation means a stronger voice in the national Portuguese-American agenda. In order to advance Portuguese language education, increase presence in the congressional caucuses, and provide economic opportunities, the collective voice of thousands is needed!  

In addition, PALCUS is a member-driven non-profit organization that depends on membership dues and fundraising events to fund its operations.  Members of the all-volunteer board of directors donate their time and personal funds for travel, lodging and tickets to attend networking events and planning sessions so our administrative costs are relatively low but nonetheless critical to doing business on a daily basis.

There are membership categories to suit every budget and level of interest.  Please click on our membership webpage and join our voice today!

PALCUS announces that we are now using memberplanet, a user-friendly platform that will help us to serve you better.  It is an interactive service that will allow you to update your PALCUS member profile, track donations and dues and join PALCUS circles with members of similar interests all with the click of a mouse.  
When you become a PALCUS member, you will be prompted to join us on memberplanet. As always your information is confidential and will never be shared without your permission. Questions? Contact Graci for more information! 

More Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!

Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2018. 

Does your employer have a matching funds program? Check with your Human Resources office to double your contribution.
PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

Muito obrigado!   Click here to donate today !  
Paid advertisement. Does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by PALCUS.

Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship Service with 25% Discount

Portugal ReConnect is offering PALCUS members* a 25% discount on their service to obtain your Portuguese citizenship. If you didn't have a chance to watch PALCUS' webinar, "Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship: Benefits and Advantages" live, you can still watch it by following  this link. In the webinar, Portugal ReConnect's attorneys guide you through the criteria to help you find out whether you're eligible for the citizenship program.

*PALCUS Member in good standing, who has paid his/her 2017 or 2018 dues     page break

Did you enjoy this newsletter? Do you know about all the programs PALCUS offers our community? Please visit our website and become a member today! 
We can't do what we do without your support!

Newsletter Archive

Read past issues of the LUSUS Newsletter at!lusus-newsletter/cbac 

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Jobs for Portuguese Speakers
Jobs for Portuguese Speakers

If you want to put your Portuguese language skills to use in your next job, there are many opportunities out there! Visit the  Jobs for Portuguese Speakers Facebook page to see some job openings.

Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and  incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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