United States: 4 women of Colombian descent win primary elections in New York

The Democratic Party elected the four women of Colombian descent to face the Republicans in the November legislative elections

The struggle for the rights and living conditions of the Latino community in the New York Senate of the United States, headed by Catalina Cruz, Jessica Ramos, Nathalia Fernandez, and Julia Salazar, begins to come true.

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Several months of battle against the "democratic machinery" on the way to a seat in the Senate and the State Assembly of New York, paid off for the four women who managed on September 13 to win the primary elections, held within the Party Democrat. With this fact, they will face off against the Republicans who also seek the same seats in the Senate and Assembly of New York, in the next congressional elections to be held on November 6.

By District 39 of the state assembly (Queens), the largest of the five that make up New York since 1898, is Catalina Cruz. On the way to the Senate of District 13, the nominee is Jessica Ramos. Nathalia Fernández will do it for District 80 (Bronx) and Julia Salazar will fight to get District 18 (Brooklyn).

"For the Colombian community in the United States what is happening is historic, because we had never had representation from our community, while the other Hispanic communities have assembly members, councilors and senators," said in an interview with El Tiempo María Isabel Nieto, Consul of Colombia in New York, who also has experiences with the four women in their joint work on social and community issues.

"These results also demonstrate the thrust of the young woman, dreamers like Catalina who came to the US, being children and obtained legal status thanks to the Obama administration and today are fighting for other immigrants, "the diplomat added to the same media.

Catalina Cruz was born in Medellín and since she was 9 years old she went to live in the United States in the company of her mother, who had to work as a street vendor to survive, according to a brief profile issued by Noticias Caracol. Jessica Ramos is the daughter of Valle del Cauca parents and graduated from International Business, according to Queens Latino. Julia Salazar is the daughter of a stewardess and a Colombian cargo plane pilot, according to the Queens Latino portal. In addition, he studied law at Columbia University. Nathalia Fernandez is the daughter of a Colombian woman and a Cuban who found their lives in Bedford Park, in the state of Illinois, according to their website.

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LatinAmerican Post | Edwin Gustavo Guerrero Nova

Translated from: 'Estados Unidos: 4 mujeres de origen colombiano ganan elecciones primarias en Nueva York'

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