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October 28, 2014 Published in Choice 2014

Don Beyer Visits Hispanic Businesses In Arlandria

Don Beyer, the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 8th, today joined state Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-30) in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria to visit Latino business owners and a signature nonprofit – the Child & Family Network Centers. “I am delighted to spend time today in this vibrant neighborhood and to learn more from Latino leaders about their most pressing issues,” Beyer said.  “I hope to earn their vote on Nov. 4th and then to do my utmost to serve them well as congressman.”

At the Child and Family Network Centers, the former Lieutenant Governor and Sen. Ebbin read The Hungry Caterpillar (en Inglés y Español) and sang “The Wheels on the Bus” with a classroom of preschoolers.  Beyer and Ebbin praised the work of the organization, saying its early childhood efforts for low-income immigrant families were essential.  “This type of work is the foundation for educational and economic opportunity,” Ebbin said.

The two leaders then met with Latino business owners, including Celia Coleto of Huascaran Restaurant, a 19-year success story, then with Carola Mercado, who with her sister owns the Mount Vernon Beauty Salon, and finally with Irma Cabrera, whose sister owns Feria Bakery. Cabrera received her visitors with great enthusiasm, and spoke passionately of the need for immigration reform.  “People come here and work 15-hour days, yet they cannot open a bank account or buy a house for fear that they will be deported,” said the Bolivian immigrant.  She urged Beyer to work for change.

Virginia’s 8th congressional district is one of the most diverse in the commonwealth, with Latinos representing over 19% of the population and just under 10 percent of eligible voters. Beyer has committed to working on immigration reform, on raising the minimum wage, on increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit, and on multiple other issues to help immigrants and lower-income residents of northern Virginia.

“I am delighted that Don will soon be our Congressman,” Ebbin said. “He will work hard to help Latino families and businesses and be a great partner to our state legislative efforts as well.”


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