By Marc Campos
This isn't the kind of representation some of us have been seeking. According to a study conducted by the University of California, Latino soldiers make up 16.5% of the Iraq war casualties while making up 11.2% of the combat troops. In a separate study conducted by the Austin American Statesman, of the 142 soldiers from Texas that have been killed in Iraq, 38% were Latino.
Donde esta Waldo? Speaking of representation or lack of representation, the following will probably be a question asked by the Chair of the local Tejano Democrat chapter when the group screens city council candidates later this year. Local Democratic activist Carl Whitmarsh sent:
"With hot races on the ballot in the November municipal and school elections in the Houston area, campaign teams are coming into focus.
Architect Peter Brown, who will be making his second race for a Houston City Council position, this time, at large position 1, has announced his campaign team which will consist of consultant Keir Murray, consultant Chris Watson (of Alma Allen fame), SDEC member Sheryl Roppolo, Kristi Saliva Thibaut and fund raiser Heidi Kirkpatrick Hedrick of Lone Star Strategies.
Lining up for candidate Jay Aiyer, who will be contesting for at large position 2, will be former Richard Morrison campaign manager Kyle Johnston, former State Representative and County Democratic Party Chair Sue Schechter and handling fundraising will be Heidi Kirkpatrick Hedrick of Lone Star Strategies. Candidate Aiyer, a current member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees is a former chief of staff to former Mayor Lee Brown and is a Democratic activist and attorney."
No Latinos on the two teams above. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Duh! The Latino community is the largest population group in the city of Houston.
The two candidates listed claim to be progressives. If so, their progressive badge is a bit tarnished this morning. When will they ever learn? This is 2005. Even some Republicans include Latinos when they first unveil their political teams. There simply is no excuse. Show a little respect.
February 28, 2005, 9:00AM