Councilmember Joel Navarro Elected President of Hispanic Elected Local Officials

Press Release
Press Release

NASHVILLE, TENN.-The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group elected Tempe, Ariz. Councilmember Joel Navarro as the group's president during its annual business meeting at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. New members of the HELO's board of directors were also elected by the group's membership. HELO is one of five constituency groups that work collaboratively with NLC to contribute to leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy and program activities.

"I am very excited to become the new HELO president for the next 2 years. Our past president, Oscar Trevino, has done a great job to get us moving in the right direction and I want to continue that movement," said Hispanic Elected Local Officials President Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz. "With the Hispanic population on the rise, increasing membership within HELO is a must to represent our constituents appropriately in our communities. HELO's voice will have an impact on issues as a member of NLC. I am very excited to lead and grow a group that has been part of NLC for 40 years."


  • Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz. (President) 
  • Lydia Martinez, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn. (First Vice President) 
  • Gabe Santos, councilmember, Longmont, Colo. (Second Vice President)
  • T. Oscar Trevino, mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas (Immediate Past President)

At-Large Board Members:

  • Fabian Bedne, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Milta Feliciano, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Daniel Guerrero, mayor, San Marcos, Texas
  • David Luna, councilmember, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Adam Medrano, councilmember, Dallas, Texas
  • Eric Montoya, councilmember, Thornton, Colo.
  • José Perez, alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Alice F. Rodriguez, councilmember, Waco, Texas
  • Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Sandra Ruiz, councilmember, Doral, Fla.
  • Robert Uranga, councilmember, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Tony Vazquez, mayor pro tem, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Val Vigil, mayor pro tem, Thornton, Colo.

Established in 1976 as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues, HELO provides training and information services to its members. HELO addresses issues affecting the Hispanic community such as education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, broadband education, energy conservation and sustainability, voter registration and minority business enterprise programs.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.


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