This Thursday, a bunch'o'political leaders from New York will be hosting a cocktail reception fundraiser to support Rhode Island State Senate Candidate Alexis Gorriaran.
As you'll read in this In Newsweekly article, 33-year old Gorriaran is running for a vacated State Senate seat and is promising, as a Democrat, to bring social and economic justice to all Rhode Islanders. Gorriaran is a former Rhode Island Pride Committe co-chair and is of Cuban heritage. Not that being Latino and gay makes anyone a better candidate but, in this case, he IS the best candidate in the race (and, yes, it is great to see gay Latinos become more involved in politics).
To check out his campaign go to www.alexisgorriaran.com and to make a donation go here.
If you are in New York and interested in the cocktail reception, please write to me at email@example.com to request additional details. Host committee members include NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYS Senator Tom Duane, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, political consultant Tonio Burgos, Daryl J. Cochrane, James Van Bramer, yours truly and a few other local political movers and shakers.
In the meantime, in Dallas, TX, Rogelio "Roger" Herrera has also announced that he'll be running for another vacated seat: He'll be running to become the Mayor of Dallas. Herrera, a Mexican-American gay man, is also running as a Democrat and is running on a progressive line of issues as well, though I have yet to find additional information on his campaign.
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