Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rodriguez elected president of HELO

New Haven Alderman Sergio Rodriguez, shown in photo was elected the 2011 president of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials constituency group during the group’s annual business meeting last week during the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities & Exposition in Denver, Colo., according to a statement

Other officers elected during the HELO meeting, also according to a statement include: 1st Vice President: Karen Avilla, City Treasurer, Carson, Calif.; 2nd Vice President: Adrienne Foster, Mayor, Roeland Park, Kan.; Treasurer: T. Oscar Trevino, Mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas; Secretary: Julie Ruiz Raber, Councilmember, Carson, Calif., and Immediate Past President: Carlos Silva, Council President Pro Tempore, Bridgeport, Conn.

“Established in 1976 as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues, HELO provides training and information services to its members, the statement said. HELO addresses issues affecting the Hispanic community such as education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, the North American Free Trade Agreement, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs,” the statement said.

“The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans,” the statement said.

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