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Univision Hosts First Spanish-Language Mayoral Debate

Univision David SteimanPost submitted by David Steiman, Human Rights Campaign Board of Governor and Los Angeles Steering Committee Co-chair

On April 19th, my wife, Amanda, and I proudly represented the Human Rights Campaign at the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Mayoral Debate at Univision in Los Angeles, Calif.

We witnessed history, as this was the first Spanish language mayoral telecast by the network that boasts the largest Spanish language viewership in the world.

The debate solidified that no matter which candidate, City Council President Eric Garcetti or City Controller Wendy Greuel, emerges as the victor, the real winner will be the city of Los Angeles, as both candidates are committed to immigration reform, better public schools, and a dedication to public safety.

The two Univision mediators, Leon Krauze and Gabriela Teissier did a fantastic job keeping the candidates on topic and moving the debate at a rapid-fire pace.

Some of the topics covered were: immigration reform, city safety preparedness, LAUSD, runaway film production, pay inequality for women, medical marijuana, and of course, solutions for LA’s notorious traffic gridlock.

Afterward, we had the pleasure of meeting some champions for equality: Ben Monterroso and Arnulfo De La Cruz of Mi Familia Vota. We discussed the growing influence of the Latino community and also our shared vision of equality for underrepresented populations, mainly the undocumented and the LGBT community.

Engaging in dialog and showing support for like-minded communities is what is crucial for building solidarity to achieve absolute equality for both groups.

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