Three of Four VDLF Action-Endorsed Candidates Advance to Spring General Election After VDLF Action Engages Nearly 70,000 Latinx & Multi-Racial Youth Voters in Milwaukee & Racine

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/16/22

(WISCONSIN) – Three of four pro-immigrant, pro-worker candidates endorsed by Voces de la Frontera Action (VDLF Action) in Milwaukee and Racine will advance to the Spring General Election on April 5th after being one of the top two vote getters in yesterday’s Primary Election: Juan Miguel Martinez, candidate for Milwaukee County Supervisor District 12; Eric Rorholm, candidate for Milwaukee County Supervisor District 3; and Eric Hopkins, current Racine County Supervisor in District 9 running for reelection. 

VDLF Action thanks Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, candidate for Milwaukee Mayor endorsed by VDLF Action, for being the most progressive and outspoken candidate in her race for immigrant working families during this campaign and throughout her career in public office. 

In the two and a half weeks leading up the election, VDLF Action’s get out the vote program on the south side of Milwaukee and in Racine reached nearly 70,000 predominantly Latinx and multi-racial youth voters. VDLF Action members and staff knocked on over 8,000 doors and engaged their relational network of over 22,000 people to turnout their friends and family to ensure these growing and historically disenfranchised voters exercised their freedom to vote.

Rebecca Acosta, Milwaukee high school student who’s volunteered to turnout voters of color every election since the spring of 2019 and who will be eligible to vote in April, said: “As someone who will be eligible to vote for the first time this April, I feel empowered that I’m getting out the vote for candidates that represent my beliefs and my community. I know that we can trust these candidates to take the action necessary to ensure all working families in my community have the freedom to thrive.”

Mercedes Rodriguez-Lara, first-time voter and newly naturalized citizen in Milwaukee, said: “My husband and I have lived and worked in Milwaukee for over six years. Last year, we were proud to both pass our citizenship exam and take the oath to become U.S. citizens. As new voters, we were proud to exercise our right to vote on Tuesday, and encourage others in our community to make a plan to vote in April.”

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera Action, said: “Voces de la Frontera Action is committed to ensuring that all eligible Latinx and muti-racial youth voters have the information they need to exercise their freedom to vote in every election, and be part of a movement to elect candidates that are champions for immigrant and worker rights.”  

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CONTACT: Anna Dvorak, 414-469-0118, [email protected]

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