We had a phenomenal event in the Tough Tejano Award Gala. Meeting the family of Rudy Vara was an emotional and and amazing experience. It was a true honor to meet the family as we celebrated his legacy. It is difficult not to get wrapped up in the pride and joy felt by the family as their loved one was recognized as a pioneer in front of his peers, and fellow conservatives.
I've had plenty of time to reflect since that wonderful event, and I can't help but feel filled with pride at the leadership that was represented in the room that night, the quality of candidates vying for public office, and the acknowledgement for the important work that we are doing.
It has been just a little over a year ago that I was honored with being invited to lead the Texas Latino GOP PAC, and I feel that we have made great strides, however, we have a long way to go. I have been pleasantly surprised at the support I have received from fellow conservative Houstonian's from within and outside of the Latino community in our mission of increasing Latino representation in the party, providing like minded conservative Latino's a place to exchange ideas, concerns, and to meet our elected officials. We have received equal support from many of our elected officials from the party, and makes me very proud to be a Houstonian, and a conservative Tejana.
We are also deeply grateful for the incredible support that we have received from Robert and Janice McNair and the McNair Group which makes much of what we do possible.
Among our many accomplishments, we also thankful for our relationship with the very first Latino radio station KYST 920 AM, established in Houston in 1983. The radio station is a family owned business now led by Matthew Velasquez, and boast community focused programming such as "Sentido Comun," a conservative talk show with show host Carlos Serna on the air Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 920 AM is collaborating with the Texas Latino GOP PAC by inviting us to join the show every other Monday, and bring guests such as local candidates, elected officials, and the PAC Leadership to join in the conversation to a Spanish Language audience.
In the year ahead, we are planning a community BBQ in Pasadena, as well as our regularly scheduled monthly networking events designed to bring together voters, candidates, and elected officials to engage in open dialog about our communities. We intend to continue working with the Texas GOP's Latino Outreach team, working with our local Evangelical groups to spread our conservative message across the Latino Communities, engaging in town hall meetings, and meeting with our local elected officials to continue raising awareness of the need to engage the Latino voice, and encourage continued outreach in communities not historically involved in the party.
Membership is the cornerstone of our organization, I encourage you to please join if you are not already a member, and I look forward to seeing you all at one of our events! Together we can be the change we want to see in our communities.
Sonia Rivera, Executive Director
Texas Latino GOP PAC