Latino Leadership Alliance’s Statement RE Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s appointment to the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020

In a year in which communities of color disproportionately shouldered the impacts of this global health pandemic and its economic fallout, it has never been more clear why our voice MUST be at the table. Why our communities MUST be represented.

Today’s appointment is one step in that direction, and we applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for taking it. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has worked tirelessly to ensure voting access to all Californians. He has the qualifications and experience to be an excellent leader and provide the proper representation for the Latino community and all Californians.

We must, however, not misconstrue the realities that we need and deserve more. Our children cannot emulate that which they do not see. We must look to our LGBTQ+ and BIPOC women for appointments into these newly opened seats – State Secretary and Attorney General – if we are ever to ensure that our leadership at the highest levels truly reflects the residents of this great state.