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Hispanic Federation: Candidates For Governor, You Must Do Better

Photo: Ingrid Alvarez-DiMartino, Executive Director of the Hispanic Federation in CT and

Photo: Ingrid Alvarez-DiMarzo, Executive Director of the Hispanic Federation in CT and Jose Calderon, National President of the Hispanic Federation speak at a press conference at the Connecticut State Capitol

Bill Sarno


The health, well-being and future of Connecticut’s Latino community is critical to the health, well-being and future of the entire state.  In addition, Hispanic support on Election Day is not a given for any candidate for governor unless he does more to “walk with” the Latino community.

These were the messages that reverberated through the walls of the state Capitol in Hartford on Thursday as the leaders of the Hispanic Federation and representatives of eleven member agencies introduced Latino Connecticut: A Call to Action, a 125-item plan detailing how government should help the state’s more than 510,000 Latino residents.

This blueprint includes specific recommendations covering economic empowerment, education, immigrants, civil rights, women and support of …

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What’s the Buzz From Latinos On The Candidates And The Election


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Frequently we hear, Latinos don’t speak up on the issues.  Some of the articles we have offered on this upcoming election however, have elicited some interesting responses  from Latinos around the state.  Among them, two opinion pieces that presented contrasting views from two Latinas on the gubernatorial candidates, incumbent Dannel Malloy (D) and Republican challenger Tom Foley.  They were written by Cecilia Bonelli of Groton who is originally from Peru  and Evelyn Mantilla of West Hartford, originally from Puerto Rico.  http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/22/dan-malloy-for-governor-the-clear-choice-for-latinos/   and   http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/22/why-as-a-latina-i-am-voting-for-tom-foley/)

Another, a news article (http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/15/latino-candidates-lots-at-stake-in-getting-out-the-vote/ ) on how some Latino candidates are working to get out the vote, not only for themselves but also for Governor Malloy, because they say the stakes are especially high in this election, for many reasons.   And then, some of the comments below are from some folks we asked because we figured you  wanted to hear from  …

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Why As A Latina, I Am Voting For Tom Foley

Editor: Today, we offer our readers contrasting views on who should be the next Governor of our state. These opinion articles clearly demonstrate the diversity in many ways among Connecticut’s 500,000 Latinos
By Cecilia Bonelli

Es el momento de un cambio.  It is time for a change.  I came to this country from Peru almost 30 years ago.  There were many challenges for me, I didn’t speak much English and I didn’t know how to drive and I was brand new to this Country.

As I was beginning my life in Connecticut, with my husband and his family tragedy struck.  My husband died as a result of a workplace accident at the General Dynamics plant.  He had a TBI and was hospitalized for four years before he passed away.  I was devastated, in an unfamiliar country, with a young child and by myself. While establishing my Connecticut roots …

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