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The Latino Community Roundtable (LCR) is committed to improving the political, social and economic conditions of Latinos in Stanislaus County. LCR will leverage the status and power of existing organizations and will serve as a think-tank to provide direction and leadership to the entire Latino community. 

We are a non-partisan political educational organization engaged in furthering the social welfare of the Latino Community of Stanislaus County through educational and other activities under IRC 501(c)(4) since 1997.

LCR POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE NOVEMBER 2020 ELECTION:

Josh Harder for Congress
JOSH HARDER
For Congress D-10
 

I’m running for re-election because we’ve made important progress but there’s a lot left to do. I write to respectfully request your endorsement.

 

I never thought I’d run for office. But when Donald Trump and his party pushed to take health care away from over 100,000 people here in the Valley – including my brother David who was born premature – I knew I had to get involved. In my first term, we’ve secured funding for water projects which will protect agriculture-related jobs for all members of our community. I fought to pass the first bipartisan immigration reform legislation through the House in decades, and during the Coronavirus Pandemic, my office has taken the lead on bringing direct services to our community.

 

In addition to what we’ve been able to achieve together, both of our organizations know the stakes in this election. My opponent has compared DACA recipients to pedophiles and referred to immigrants as “foreign invaders.” He is not the right choice to represent the diversity that has made the Valley strong for generations.

 

My first priority is protecting our jobs and way of life – especially in relation to the agriculture industry. Westside farmers are forced to lay off a third of their workforce during drought years – that’s a killer for local workers and businesses that rely on farmers’ ability to irrigate their crops. That’s why I worked to secure millions for local water projects – including the first new federal funding for a water project in this district in 50 years. Once the project is complete, hiring will remain steady, protecting jobs for thousands of workers.

 

Earlier this year we also passed legislation to reform our failing immigration system – especially for farmworkers. The bill is supported both by the agriculture community and leading immigrants rights’ organizations throughout the country.

 

When we learned the Coronavirus disproportionately affected members of the Latino community, we launched the Covid-19 Emergency Latino Task Force to engage local leaders and encourage other elected officials to join us in pushing for more relief for the Latino community in the Valley. I was also proud to vote for a bill which would lower drug costs by up to 75%.

 

In addition to my work, I’d ask for your endorsement because my opponent is a danger to Latinos – and other nonwhite members of the Central Valley Community. Ted Howze has a history of making racist statements and pushing conspiracy theories. Once his statements were made public, your own organization rightly called on him to drop out of the race. In addition to his racist personal history, Ted’s policy positions are well outside the norm and would have adverse effects on the Latino community. Ted wants to raise the retirement age for social security, take away health care for people with preexisting conditions, and opposes bipartisan immigration reform.

 

I appreciate all of the collaboration my office has had with the Latino Community Roundtable over my first term. I look forward to continuing that work together next year and respectfully ask for your endorsement.


 

Sue Zwahlen for Mayor
SUE ZWAHLEN
For Mayor of Modesto

I spent over 40 years working as an emergency room nurse here in Modesto, and I spent eight years on the Modesto City School Board. During that time, I enjoyed a close working relationship with LCR, and we made progress in district transparency and improved school connectedness to our local communities.

I’m running for Mayor because I love Modesto, and I do not want to see us continue down a path of business as usual. For the last several years, our City government has been plagued by bickering and infighting, and I believe we have all suffered for it. Not only have some of the issues cost taxpayers money, but the discord has also kept our City from being able to respond to pressing issues with a sense of urgency and clear purpose.

With the pandemic ravaging our county, there is a clear need for more unified and consistent leadership. COVID-19 has impacted the health and safety of our residents, their economic livelihoods, and their families, and like many health care issues, COVID-19 disproportionally impacts people who are underserved.

Effectively fighting the pandemic called for a unified, consistent message from our leaders from Day 1. I don’t believe we had that from our Mayor and City Council. For example, when other cities were moving ahead with new outdoor dining regulations and permitting, our City was extremely slow to act.

I believe my background and experience makes me the best candidate to lead our city through these challenging times.

Similarly, when it comes to other pressing issues, like homelessness, our City leadership has spent much time over the past several years resisting County policies, without clearly offering solutions or coming to the table as a partner.

I want to change that. As a nurse at Doctors Hospital, I was responsible for designing and implementing the triage protocols in the Emergency Department. That’s what I want to do as Mayor of Modesto.

We need to reassess the needs of our City. I believe that starts with electing a Mayor who is able to find common ground amongst the members of the council and work collaboratively to design a productive path forward.

When I was on the School Board, my fellow board members and I did not always see eye to eye, but we absolutely respected one another and recognized that it was our elected duty to do what was in the best interest of ALL students in our district.

That is what I plan to do if elected as Mayor and I hope I can earn your confidence and your vote.

The Latino Community Roundtable endorsed me in my election to the school board.  During that time we were successful in energizing the school district’s commitment to local neighborhood schools.  That is the kind of two-way relationship I want to establish with the city.  For Modesto to be successful we need to engage our communities, our city and county leaders, our state legislators and officials, and our federal representatives, not just some of the time or when there is an emergency, but all of the time.  If elected Mayor of Modesto, that is what I will do.  I will involve LCR and other civic leadership elements from the ground up in that effort.

One thing I can’t stress enough is the importance of voting. The last time we elected a Mayor in a runoff ONLY 29% of registered voters cast a ballot. So please vote and tell others to vote.

 


 

Hunter Sauls for City Council in Modesto, CA
HUNTER SAULS
For Modesto City 
Council Seat 6

My name is Hunter Sauls and I am running for Modesto City Council for District 6. I have lived in Modesto almost my entire life, only leaving to serve my country in the US Army. I came home after being discharged and joined the National Guard here in Modesto. I am running for City Council because I want to help my community and my home. For the past year I’ve been told by many folks in Modesto that their faith in the city government is lacking and I want to bring that faith back to the people. To show them that they will have a government that they can trust, talk with, and always believe in. Transparency and honesty are some of the things that I will commit to making sure the people of my district and the city will always have from me. The recent Covid pandemic has brought along terrible harm to our city economy and most notably our local businesses here in Modesto. I want tp push to make sure that our businesses, all our businesses, can remain open as long as proper Covid precautions are taken. I will also push to increase businesses incentives and lower the costs and fees of business licenses so that new businesses can come to Modesto, and more jobs can become available to the citizens of Modesto. I am committed to bringing a positive and fresh change to Modesto, I want to bring the voice and presence of the youth of Modesto to the city council, and I want to stop playing politics in city council and get to work and get work done for my district, for my city, and for my home. I would like the LCR to endorse me because not only do I support any and all efforts to improve the political, social, and economic conditions of the Latino community in Stanislaus County, but the LCR is a non-partisan organization and in this race that is supposed to be non-partisan for a non-partisan office, it is important to show that non-partisanship is what this city needs and how we can work towards the betterment of the entire city and those who live here. We do not have to, or need to play partisan politics in City Hall, nor are we supposed to. I believe that if the LCR endorses myself for this office, then we can take another step towards having a non-partisan government that only wants to do right by its people. Like it should be. Thank you for your consideration and I hope that you will see fit to honor me with your endorsement.


 

Rosa Escutia Bratton for City Council for Modesto, CA
ROSA ESCUTIA-BRATTON
For Modesto City Council
Seat 1

I am Rosa Escutia-Braaton and I am running for Modesto City Council, District 1.  I am also a long standing member of the Latino Community Roundtable.

I am currently a Planning Commissioner for the City of Modesto in my second term. I have over 25 years of public and private sector experience, including working in the Davis and Schwarzenegger administrations serving as a Public Relations Director for the State Lottery.  I also have experience in serving as a bridge and facilitating dialogue amongst diverse communities.  I  enjoy being active in my community including serving as past chair for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Alumni of the FBI Citizens Academy, member of the Stanislaus Medical Society Alliance, and volunteer for the Stanislaus Catholic Charities, among many other charitable organizations. 

My passion for my community has motivated me to pursue this seat…I am running to end the dysfunction on our current city council; ensure public safety remains top priority; and advocate to bring necessary jobs and housing to Modesto.  I am currently endorsed by the Modesto City Firefighters, the Local Carpenters union, and many community leaders. I am seeking the endorsement of the Latino Community Roundtable because I am proud to be Latina, born in Mexico, and now a naturalized U.S. citizen. I have the experience and passion to advocate for the Latino community on our City Council.  I thank you for your consideration and humbly ask for your endorsement.


 

Chris Ricci for City Council
CHRIS RICCI
For Modesto City
Council Seat 3

What We Do

LCR Endorsement Description

The mission of Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County is to improve the political, social and economic conditions of Latinos in Stanislaus County.

When a candidate or ballot measure receives the LCR endorsement, it is done through an endorsement process whereby LCR members in good standing cast their ballots for candidates or ballot measures of their choice at duly noticed membership meetings. 

To receive the LCR endorsement means that said endorsed candidate/measure supports LCR’s mission and LCR has the commitment to work with her/him/them after their election/passage.

LCR Support for Endorsed Candidates

Candidates or ballot measures that receive the endorsement of the Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County will receive the following for their campaign:

 

  • Permission to use LCR logo and/or name on their campaign public statements, promotional materials, websites, social media
  • LCR will publicize/promote their endorsement of the candidate/measure on our communications with our members via email, website, social media, and events/meetings
  • Permission to bring their campaign materials and/or recruit volunteers at LCR events/meetings/luncheons

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Latino Community Roundtable

P.O. Box 4203

Modesto, CA  95352-4203

lcrstan@gmail.com

We help the Latino Community by endorsing and supporting political candidates for election.

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