Five candidates of Latin American descent are on the general list for the May 21 primaries. Three of them, two of Aztec blood and one Paraguayan, enter the political arena as U.S. citizens.
Fernando Treviño is a political consultant. It is supported by the Latino Victory Fund. He founded his own political advisory firm, which assists political campaigns based in Philadelphia and throughout Latin America. He worked for Barack Obama’s administration and as a Mexican immigrant. He says he will incorporate global thinking into his local government strategy.
Erika Almirón is an American of Paraguayan descent who shows up as one of the most prominent immigrant rights activists in the city. She leads the dialogue on the ongoing battles in the “sanctuary city” concerning the detention of undocumented immigrants.
She is supported by 215 People’s Alliance. It has campaigned to increase access to affordable housing, accountability in the police and the creation of a city bank.
Edwin Santana is a pilgrim. He came to Philadelphia from the Bronx, New York City. His legislative aspirations are to encourage economic investment for minority-owned businesses in African American neighborhoods, increase youth educational programming, and introduce green energy bills.
Santana has experience in electoral contests and, although unsuccessful, ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2016.
The city has very good options on the list of Latinos to the General Council.
Translated by: José Espinoza