Please join me tonight at the Utah State Capitol to learn from our Latino population with leader, Carlos Alejandro Moreno.
I met Carlos at a political meeting a few weeks ago. He is from Venezuela and is an amazing advocate here in Utah for Latino immigrants.
Some of you may know this about me, but for those who don’t, in 2004 I was called to serve a mission to Caracas, Venezuela for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Due to political conflicts there because of their socialist government, I was reassigned to McAllen, Texas. In McAllen, which is on the border of Mexico, I came to know and love so many Latinos who had migrated from Mexico and other Central and South American countries.
After my mission I went on to major in Spanish at the University of Utah. I chose this major because I love the Spanish and Latino language, culture, and people so much! I have a special place in my heart for the Venezuelan people especially, because of my call to serve there. It is amazing to hear all that Carlos has done for the native Venezuelans here in Utah. See the link in comments below to learn about his advocacy.
As a school board candidate with many constituents of varying backgrounds, I think it’s important to get to know and be able to honestly represent the people of backgrounds different than my own. I know and have met many, from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, and beyond, who have expressed gratitude for and agreement with the honest and transparent positions I have taken on the controversial issues in our schools today.
I love the Latino population fiercely, and I am excited to meet with many of them and hear their perspectives tonight. I hope to see you there. And thank you again, Carlos, for inviting me and telling me your amazing story!
April Wilde Despain