LULAC Mourns the Passing of Arizona’s First Latino Governor Raul Hector Castro

April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC National President Margaret Moran issued the following statement following the death of Raul Hector Castro, Arizona’s first Latino Governor:

“Last week, our community lost a diligent public servant and champion for Latino rights. Growing up in the shadows of rampant discrimination and intolerance toward Latinos, Raul Castro defied the social conventions of his time. His extraordinary career in public service cemented his reputation as a true trailblazer for the Latino community.

Whether serving as a US Ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina or breaking down social and political barriers by becoming Arizona’s first–and only–Latino governor, Castro exemplified the determination and pioneering spirit that continues to strengthen our community each day. His legacy has paved the way for generations of young Latinos to seek our nation’s highest offices of public service, and we will continue to celebrate his contributions."


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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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