7:48 am - Wednesday November 22, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Member and Candidate of the Day‏

raul grijalva


Raúl Grijalva began his career in public service as a community organizer in Tucson. Four decades later, he continues to be an advocate for those in need and a voice for the constituents of his home community. From 1974 to 1986, Raúl served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, including six years as Chairman. In 1988, he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he served for the next 15 years, chairing the Board for two of those years. Raúl resigned his seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2002 to seek office in Arizona’s newly created Seventh Congressional District. Despite a nine-candidate primary and the challenge of being outspent three-to-one by his closest competitor, Raúl was elected with a 20-point victory, thanks to a diverse coalition of supporters leading a large volunteer-driven election effort in Arizona.

Throughout his career, Raúl has always fought for underrepresented voices. The passions that drove him as a School Board member to fight for and succeed at implementing bilingual education in Arizona are the same passions that motivated him to help pass the first bond package containing a $10 million commitment to reinvest in older, poorer neighborhoods while he was a County Supervisor. Likewise, they are what drive him today as he fights for comprehensive immigration reform, livable wages for American workers, and vital land protections to safeguard our nation’s natural treasures for the next generation.

Raúl serves on the Committee on Education and The Workforce, as well as the Committee on Natural Resources, where he serves as Ranking Member of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee. He also Co-Chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and is a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

cesar blanco


Cesar is the Democratic Nominee for the Texas House District 76 seat in El Paso, TexasCesar served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Pete Gallego. Previously he served as the Arizona State Director for Obama for America for the 2012 Presidential Election. He was the Western Region Political Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), serving as the Democratic Party’s principal liaison and political advisor for the West while working with 13 state parties and coordinating with the White House, Cabinet members, and the DNC Chair and Vice Chairs. In 2010, he managed the campaign of Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) and previously served the Congressman in a variety of capacities, including Chief of Staff and District Director. He is a former Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) of Houston and Caseworker and Field Representative for Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) from El Paso. Cesar served as a Congressional Relations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and started his career as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.



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