Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)
The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group is a network and caucus within NLC that represents the interests Hispanic and Latino local elected officials. Created in 1976, the caucus is a space for members to make meaningful connections with fellow Latino local officials, share best practices and advocate for policies that benefit their community.
Education and Training
HELO also serves as tool for education and learning. Members meet three times annually: at City Summit, at the Congressional City Conference and at their annual leadership retreat. During the NLC conferences, members meet to develop policy positions and often host discussion panels on hot topics; at annual leadership retreat, members take a deeper dive into the issues that affect the Latino community and affect them as local leaders.
HELO members come from all across America. From Bridgeport, CT to Mesa, AZ, each member brings a unique experience and point of view to the caucus. When members meet, they discuss the challenges they face, they ways they overcame them and the work they're doing to improve their communities.
Policies and Positions
HELO prides itself on tackling current issues facing the Latino and Hispanic Community. By providing guidance to the NLC Board of Directors and Federal Advocacy Committees, HELO guides and influences NLC's advocacy platforms. In recent years, the issues brought forth by HELO's Board of Directors have included the education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.
This year, HELO's agenda focuses on three priorities:
- The 2020 Census and the importance of gathering accurate data.
- Latino empowerment: how to mobilize more Latinos to vote at the local level.
- Immigration and trade reform: the effects of business trade on, and opportunities for, local economies.
Joining a constituency group is an NLC member benefit. By joining a constituency group, you can receive policy and legislative updates, access to the group network and special updates related to NLC annual and summer conferences.
Come conference time, you'll pay a one time participation fee at each conference to support the group's conference activities. This enables you to vote in elections, attend policy and business meetings and network at receptions. At the Congressional City Conference in March, HELO members will pay $40 to attend the HELO Panel Discussion and Annual Business Meeting.
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If you're not an NLC member or you're not an elected official, you can still join a constituency group by becoming a Supporting Member. However, you are not able to vote in elections or participate in some of the groups' activities.
HELO's Annual Leadership Retreat takes members to to new cities every year. An opportunity for members to explore new cities and bring home new ideas, the retreat serves as a networking summit made for big ideas and in-depth leadership training.
The 2019 summer conference will take place in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Stayed tuned for more updates.
The HELO Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC City Summit from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.
|President||First Vice President||Second Vice President|
|Lydia N. Martinez
HELO 2019 Board of Directors
Lydia Martinez, City Clerk, Bridgeport, Conn. (President)
David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa, Ariz. (First Vice President)
Aidee Nieves, Council President, Bridgeport, Conn. (Second Vice President)
At-Large Board Members:
Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor, Tempe, Ariz.
Fabian Bedne, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
Clorinda Erives, Councilmember, Tolleson, Ariz.
Carlos Flores, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas
Jeanette Herron, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
Eric Montoya, Councilmember, Thornton, Colo.
Jose Perez, Alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Alice Rodriguez, Councilmember, Waco, Texas
Tito Rodriguez, Councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
Anna Tovar, Mayor, Tolleson, Ariz.
Yolanda Trout Manuel, Councilmember, Auburn, Wash.
Luis Quintana, Councilmember, Newark, N.J.
T. Oscar Trevino, Mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas