Reception will feature largest gathering of Latino elected officials in Iowa history
Des Moines, IA- Today the Latino Political Network (LPN) announced its First Annual Latino Voices Together Gala on Saturday, May 19. LPN is a first-of-its-kind initiative to elect more Latinos across Iowa through non-partisan education and empowerment. The First Annual Latino Voices Together Gala is an opportunity to put the spotlight on all of the Latino elected officials that are already serving our state.
In addition to ten Latino elected officials from all across Iowa, there will be a room full of Latinos and allies at the event. The ten Latino elected officials expected to attend will easily be the largest gathering of Latino elected officials in Iowa history! The LPN is also excited to welcome Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas, the only Latino serving in Nebraska’s unicameral state legislature, as the night’s keynote speaker.
Proceeds raised from the Gala will go to supporting LPN’s first full-time community organizer, who will start work later this summer.
What: First Annual Latino Voices Together Gala
When: Saturday, May 19 from 5:00-7:00
420 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA
Registration: Participants can register at https://lpngala.eventbrite.com
Media can email [email protected] with any questions
The LPN is a 501c3 that has been in existence for the past three years. Its work is focused on educating and empowering the next generation of Latino elected officials in Iowa. Although Iowa is home to more than 185,000 Latino Americans, there are fewer than 25 Latino elected officials in Iowa out of more than 7,500 elected offices. The major gap that needed to be filled was a concerted effort to train and empower new leaders, which LPN has filled through free, statewide trainings. Late in 2017, LPN founder Rob Barron was honored with Grinnell College’s Wall Alumni Service Award for his work with the Latino Political Network.
Earlier on the 19th, the LPN will hold a training just for Latino elected officials. If members of the media are interested in meeting Latino elected officials from across Iowa at the training, please reach out to Omar or Rob at [email protected].