Hispanic Elected Local Officials Elects New Leadership

December 5, 2017 - (2 min read)

Lydia Martinez, Bridgeport, CT City Clerk Becomes President of NLC Constituency Group

Washington – December 5, 2017 – At the annual City Summit conference in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this month, the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC), elected Lydia Martinez, city clerk for Bridgeport, Conn. to serve as HELO’s 2018 president.

The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group was established by NLC in 1976 to serve as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues.

“The National League of Cities’ (NLC) constituency groups represent a diverse group of elected officials and residents. The Hispanic Elected Local Officials helps shape NLC policies to benefit the Latino and Hispanic American community,” said NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony.  

In addition to electing a new president, HELO also elected a new first vice president, second vice president and board of directors.

2018 HELO Officers: 

  • President: Lydia Martinez, city clerk, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • First Vice President: Tony Vazquez, councilmember, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Second Vice President: David Luna, vice mayor, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Immediate Past President: Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz.

2018 Board of Directors

  • Robin Arredondo-Savage, vice mayor, Tempe, Ariz.
  • Fabian Bedne, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Clorinda Erives, councilmember, Tolleson, Ariz.
  • Carlos Flores, councilmember, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Jeanette Herron, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Eric Montoya, mayor pro tem, Thornton, Colo.
  • Aidee Nieves, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • José Perez, councilmember, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Alice F. Rodriguez, councilmember, Waco, Texas
  • Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Anna Tovar, mayor, Tolleson, Ariz.
  • Yolanda Trout Manuel, councilmember, Auburn, Was.

2018 Advisory Council

  • Luis Quintana, councilmember, Newark, N.J.
  • T. Oscar Trevino, mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas


Press contact: Meri St. Jean (202-626-3167 | stjean@nlc.org)


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