Stockton, CA — “I want to partner with you in rebuilding Stockton; because our city deserves better,” highlighted Moses Zapien, candidate for Stockton’s City Council District 4, at the monthly meeting held by Comerciantes Unidos (United Merchants).
Historically, candidates seeking the Latino-vote reach out to Comerciantes Unidos in hopes of connecting with the Spanish speaking community. “This is an election year and it is important for us to hear what our candidates have to say,” noted Mario Eguiluz, president of Comerciantes Unidos.
Zapien, a local attorney, was not the only candidate present at the meeting. Xochitl Paderes, candidate for the 13thState Assembly District, highlighted her roots in Tracy, California and her understanding of the district, “We need to be represented in Sacramento by people from our community.” She argued that unlike other candidates she understands the local community.
And while Bill Berryhill, candidate for State Senate District 5, was unable to attend, his wife represented him: “My husband is a good guy,” said Triana Berryhill as she talked about their family.
“We need to register as many voters as we can,” added Angel Picon, representing “Mi Familia Vota (My Family Votes). Picon was the final speaker of the night, encouraging everyone to support and donate to Mi Familia Vota; a national non-profit organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. “We are a non-partisan voter registration project looking to improve the civil participation in the northern Central Valley,” explained Picon.
“We hope our community learns about the issues, measures, and candidates as the election approaches,” said Eguiluz as he elaborated that Comerciantes Unidos is non-partisan and they welcome speakers at the monthly forum.