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RNC Launches Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council

- August 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) launched the Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council to strengthen ties with the Hispanic community and expand engagement efforts across the state.

 State advisory councils are part of the RNC’s unprecedented commitment to engage Hispanic voters year-round to build a permanent foundation for future campaigns at the state and local levels. Council members will lend their expertise in developing better, more effective engagement strategies between the RNC, the state party, county parties and communities across the state. The Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council will complement the work of the RNC and our National Advisory Council.

“Republicans are working to build genuine and permanent relationships with Hispanics across Virginia, and our state advisory council will help make that a reality,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “The strong leadership of our council members and unique perspectives will help us grow the Republican Party in their diverse communities.”
“Along with our council members, the RPV is excited to continue the work we began last year and look forward to expanding our efforts in the their communities,” said RPV GOP Chairman Pat Mullins. “We share the values of the Hispanic community and together — we will work for better schools, thriving safe communities, good jobs and better futures for the next generation.”

“The Republican presence we are building in our communities is imperative. We are committed to seeking out new voters by participating in Hispanic festivals and events, business mixers and other venues long before election day and long after it has passed.” said Theresa Speake, Virginia State Hispanic Advisory Council Chair.  
Since March of last year, the RNC has launched a National Hispanic Advisory Council as well as state councils in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. In the upcoming months, we will launch six more councils across the country.
The RNC Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council members include:
Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council
Theresa Speake, State Chair 

Eduardo Lopez, Prince William County Chair

Grace Flores-Hughes, Fairfax County Co-Chair 

Dr. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak, Fairfax County Co-Chair

Jorge R. Robert, Stafford County Chair

Elsa Smith, Richmond County Chair

Maria Pastorelli, Virginia Beach Chair

Michael Monrroy, Loudon County Chair

Dr. Marcela Chaván, Faith-Based Chair

Jacqueline “Jackie” Krick, Bristow City Chair

Fredy Burgos, Burke City Co-Chair

Sergio De La Pena, Burke City  Co-Chair

Sandra Pedroarias, Great Falls City Co-Chair 

Genaro Pedroarias, Great Falls City Co-Chair

Marta Saltus, Mount Vernon City Chair

Danny Vargas, Herndon City Chair

Charles Cervantes, Arlington County/City Chair


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