By T. Oscar Trevino
Oscar T. Trevino is Mayor of North Richland Hills, Texas and the president of the Hispanic Local Elected Officials (HELO), a constituency group of the National League of Cities.
Across the country, local elected officials are representing increasingly diverse communities. Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) is a constituency group within NLC that can help you understand and address the needs of your Latino constituency. I am proud to serve as the president of HELO for the next two years.
Established in 1976, HELO provides a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic and Latino officials and their NLC colleagues. All NLC members are invited to join and will benefit from interaction and involvement with HELO members. In addition to networking and sharing information and ideas, HELO members provide guidance to the NLC Board and to NLC’s policy committees on major public policy issues affecting the Hispanic and Latino communities. In recent years, these issues have included the education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.
We welcome your involvement and participation. Download the HELO membership application, or join HELO onsite at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 8 -12, 2014.
We are also planning to host a late August summer leadership meeting of HELO members in Boston, and more information on this exciting event will be available soon. We also want to see you in attendance at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas from November 18-22, 2014.
Please join us as we look to the future and work together to better represent the needs of our Latino constituents and build better communities for all.