Lee, Márquez celebrate local community leaders for Latino Heritage Month

NEWARK, Calif. — State Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-District 24) and 2nd District Alameda County Supervisor Elisa Márquez co-hosted a celebration in honor of Latino Heritage Month at the Newark Library on Monday, Sept. 18.

The event recognized the contributions of four individuals — Ana Apodaca, a Newark native and government affairs and policy officer for First 5 Alameda County; Diego Torres, former student boardmember on the Newark Unified School District Board of Education; Leticia Garcia, a kindergarten teacher in northern San Jose; and Patricia Montejano, a longtime Fremont resident who works for the Newark Police Department — and one community organization, Newark Promotores, which provides access to services for struggling families.

Second District Supervisor Elisa Márquez and State Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-District 24) celebrate Latino community leaders for Latino Heritage Month. (Sonia Waraich - East Bay Echo)

“Latino culture and heritage is all around us in District 2 and has played an essential role in our neighborhoods, businesses and cultural landscape,” Márquez said. ” … These honorees have made remarkable contributions in their respective fields, demonstrating the power of diversity, unity and commitment.”

The event included a cultural performance from Ballet Folklórico and traditional cuisine.

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