(bw) CALIFORNIA – The new 13th State Assembly District offers the Latino community a possibility of having a Latina as the Member representing San Joaquin County — two Latinas are vying for the District.
Early Fall, City of Stockton Council Member, Susan Talamantes Eggman —the first Latina in City Council— announced her candidacy for the State post and on December 17thXochilt Paredes challenged Eggman as she announced her candidacy for the same district.
The 13thAssembly District will represent constituents in Lodi, Stockton, Tracy, Mountain House and others in San Joaquin County. Paderes was born and raised in Tracy and she works as a network engineer for the California Department of Fish and Game; she has served in U.S. Marine Corps and has volunteered with the Cultural Heritage Board, the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Karl Ross American Legion Post 16 and other community organizations.
“We need to bring back the American voice, the working class family , the mother , the veteran , the student, the entrepreneur; those voices need to go back to the capital and say we are here, we need money we need jobs and we need them now,“ said Parades while standing on the steps Stockton’s City Hall.
Susan Eggman, also served the military, has a Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Social Work and Social Research, she is a professor at California State University, Sacramento and she is in her second term as City of Stockton’s 5thDistrict Council Member. Additionally, Eggman serves on the board for the Council for the Spanish Speaking (El Concilio); supervises social work students at St. Mary‘s Interfaith; and served as Vice President at the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations (COMA).
“I welcome Xochilt to the race, I am looking forward to our debates on the issues affecting our community,” said Eggman who has a focus on health care, green economies, the delta, and agricultural economies.
The Period for obtaining and filing signatures in lieu of filing fees is December 30, 2011 to February 23, 2012; therefore, other candidates may file in the upcoming months as the nomination period continues to be open.
The Latino community is presently represented at State of California Legislature with 15 Assembly members and 8 Senators who form the Latino Caucus.
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