Another quarter of 2012 comes to an end as we welcome summer and yes, the accompanying heat. While some flee the City for cooler climates, we stay and immerse ourselves in completing projects, campaigning for friends and celebrating Houston. Here are some of the highlights for the quarter:
NALEO Presidency Comes to Successful End
After 3, one year terms, Commissioner’s service as the first Texan to lead the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) has come to an end. With the very successful conference held in Orlando in late June, she passes the gavel to California State Senator Alex Padilla. NALEO represents the 6,000 plus Latino office holders in the United States dedicated to civic engagement from citizenship to public service. The highlight of this year’s historic conference was the Presidential Forum where President Obama and Governor Romney both participated.
Click here to watch the President address NALEO (if you want to skip the intros, fast forward to minute 23) and here for the address by Governor Romney.
Campaigning Never Ends
Campaigning never ends; whether you are the candidate or not. Commissioner has been hot on the trail for friends on the Primary ballot and now the Run-off ballot. Our “Sylvia’s Choice” list of our choices for contested primary races was well received and we are on target for issuing our run-off choices in time for Early Voting which begins July 23 and Election Day on July 31. Watch for it in your email box. Meanwhile, on the road with a few of our friends:
Supreme Court, Supporting NASA, Soccer & More
The United States Supreme Court heard the Texas Redistricting case; space supporters lobbied in Washington, Soccer fans & Houston celebrated the opening of the new Dynamo Stadium and we were there. Latinos celebrated the right to vote at a Tacos and Vote event and we celebrated receipt of several Awards for civic work in our Region. In April, the Commissioner was surprised at the National LULAC Women’s Conference with the “Presidential Award” presented by LULAC National President Margaret Moran. Also in April, she received the Success to Significance Award from the San Jacinto Girl Scouts Council at its annual luncheon and the Fred Baron Award presented by the Texas Young Democrats to an outstanding Texan over 25 who supports young Democrats in our state. Finally, at the June NALEO Conference she received the “Champion of Women’s Health” Award.