The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund held board elections in Los Angeles on Nov. 1. Three new members were elected and one member was re-elected to the 15-member board, the association announced.
New board members elected to three-year terms included U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas; Florida state Sen. Rene Garcia; and Rick R. Olivarez, a California city attorney.
Mr. Olivarez, grandson of NALEO founder Edward R. Roybal, will fill the Roybal family seat previously held by U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, according to the release. The board also unanimously re-elected Mike Fernandez, Cargill corporate vice president, to serve a second and final term.
"The coming months offer our organization an extraordinary opportunity to ensure that our community is able to fully participate in the 2014 midterm elections and to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality," Pauline Medrano, NALEO Educational Fund chair, said in a news release.
"We also want to extend our thanks to U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Florida state Sen. Anitere Flores and New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas for their respective years of service as board members," she added.
Mr. Gallego represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas and sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He previously served in the Texas House of Representatives, where he chaired the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus (MALC).
Born and raised in Hialeah, Fla., Mr. Garcia was elected to the Florida Senate in 2010, where he chairs the Healthcare Regulation Committee.
Mr. Olivarez is the managing shareholder of the Olivarez Madruga Firm and city attorney for the cities of El Monte, San Fernando and Cudahy, Calif. He also serves as general counsel for the Central Basin Municipal Water District.
NALEO Educational Fund facilitates the participation of Hispanics in the U.S. political process.
NALEO Educational Fund contributed.
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