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Hispanic Democrats of Westchester Announce List Of Candidates They’re Backing For Office In 2023

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The Hispanic Democrats of Westchester announced their list of candidates for office in 2023, Sunday, January 8th at Salsa Picante Restaurant located at 359 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains during their Three Kings Day celebration.

Candidates include New Rochelle Councilwoman Martha Lopez (District 1) who is running for re-election, Greenburgh Town Council candidate Jonathan Campozano, White Plains Common Councilwoman Jennifer Bid – who is running for re-election, Karine Patiño – Mount Kisco’s the first Latina Village Trustee, who is running for re-election in a municipality that has become increasingly diverse in recent decades, Councilwoman Yadira Ramos-Herbert (District 3) who is attempting to make history as the first female elected Mayor of the city of New Rochelle, Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino, running for re-election in March 2023, County Legislator José Alvarado (District 17 Yonkers) running for re-election, Manuel Casanova who is challenging County Legislator Damon Maher in District 10 (Eastchester, Tuckahoe, New Rochelle) and City Councilman Ramon Fernandez, who will be running for Mayor in the city of Peekskill.

With Hispanics making up a fourth of the population in Westchester yet have only one of the seventeen seats at the County Board of Legislators, the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester released a statement that they will be running “an unprecedented number” of democratic candidates for office in Westchester, including running democratic primaries against incumbents.

“The Hispanic Democrats of Westchester is a 40-year-old organization that has a long and distinguished history of educating voters, registering new voters, mentoring possible candidates, supporting democratic candidates and working for the democratic party. We have now reached the tipping point and are ready to present to the democratic party and the public our list of candidates for the 2023 political season, including county legislative candidates, town council candidates and mayoral candidates. We are full participants in the democratic process and are willing to fight for our seat at the table,” Francella and Robin Bikkal, co-chairs of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester said in the statement. “New Rochelle in particular, is fertile ground for Hispanic candidates coming forward to run for office and serve their community. Ximena (Francella) has been active in her community for years and we feel that the time is now to seek new and different representation on the county board of legislators.”

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