The Era of Hispandering Is Over

Houston's First Latino Mayor Part I

Latino Politics And News will interview the first Latino Mayor of Houston, the 4th largest city in America, possibly even before she realizes she is the candidate of the people.

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Houston's recent mayoral election did not result in Houston's first Latino mayor. It never has.

In a city whose population is over 44% Latino, there has never been a mayor with a Spanish surname. Worse, only one out of 16 city council representatives is Latino. This has several serious implications.

Every election conjures the cliche of "Turning Texas Blue." That will never happen without the full inclusion of Latinos-beginning in every neighborhood. The Democratic party has entirely abandoned some areas of Texas for years.

However, in 2024, Houston's next mayor will be Latino.

Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner predicted this to a crowd of about 100 Tejano elected officials, and community leaders gathered for breakfast at El Jardin Mexican Restaurant on the East End just before the general election in November of 2019.

In the past, the conversation would end there, perhaps until a brief allusion during Hispanic Heritage Month, but the era of Hispandering is over. Latino News and Politics will document the ascent of the Latino Vote in Texas.

We will shatter the myth that Latinos don't vote. We will examine candidates' platforms for Latino engagement. We will go into the communities that have been overlooked. The Latino vote helped incumbent Mayor Turner get re-elected. What are the policies, practices, stereotypes, and myths that prevent that from converting into Houston City Council seats?

Are those the same factors influencing Latino under-representation for Harris County judgeships, and in surrounding Latino-majority towns such as Pearland and Pasadena? Our show profoundly examines these issues.           

The Crew
Host: founder and director of Nuestra Palabra- Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante. Producer: Leti Lopez. Social Media Manager: Rodrigo Bravo.
Run Down Coordinator: Claudia Soler Alfonso, MD. Volunteers: Jesse Aranda Comer, Laurie Flores, Stefano Cavezza, Al Castillo