Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin announced the support of over one hundred members of Virginia’s Hispanic and Latino community, nearly double the number of endorsements from Terry McAuliffe’s campaign. 

“Hispanic and Latino Virginians recognize that I am the only candidate in this race that will get to work on Day One in order to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family for all Virginians, and I am honored to have their support.” said Glenn Youngkin. “Terry McAuliffe’s policies have raised the cost of living, lowered education standards, and made our communities less safe. We must pave a new path forward for Virginians.” 

“Since Glenn announced his campaign in January, he has been actively reaching out to minority communities,” said Gaby Rengifo, Founder of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and small business leader. “I am proud to endorse Glenn Youngkin for Governor because he is uniting everyone with his positive agenda that will make Virginia the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family.” 

Failed leadership by liberal, one-party control in Richmond has made Virginia’s economy one of the worst in the nation to start a business and Virginia’s job recovery post-pandemic is ranked 44th in the Nation. At the same time, the cost of living continues to rise, Virginia’s cities are among the most dangerous in the country, and our education standards have gone down. In fact, the tragic reality is that 62.2% of Virginia students are failing to meet proficiency standards on 8th grade math, including 70% of Latino students. These issues have a unique impact on Virginia’s Hispanic and Latino community, and Glenn Youngkin has released a plan that will fully address them by: 

Eliminating the grocery tax & suspending the recent gas tax hike for 12 months #NoGroceryTax;   

Fully funding law enforcement and protecting qualified immunity for our Law Enforcement Heroes; 

Keeping Virginia’s economy open & launching #JumpStartJobs to develop talent, train workers, attract investment, and make Virginia the easiest state to start a business; and   

Keeping schools open five days a week, rebuilding crumbling schools, raising teacher pay, investing in special education programs, and increasing school choice by creating at least 20 new Innovation Charter Schools across the K-12 Spectrum.   

The endorsements—from business owners, faith leaders, and retired military service members—come after Youngkin has hosted or attended numerous Hispanic- or Latino- focused events, including:

The debut Latinos for Youngkin event, a June 18th roundtable in Northern Virginia with local small business leaders to discuss key issues for the Latino community such as: good-paying jobs, education, and the need to support our law enforcement officers;

An event to meet with Latino supporters in Virginia Beach;

Participation in a service at Iglesia Mana del Cielo in Sterling;

Meeting with Bolivian-American business leaders in Fairfax;

Meeting with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Richmond; and

Speaking at the 16th Annual Caribfest Festival in Norfolk.

Meanwhile, the Latinos for Youngkin coalition has had table presence at Salvadoran festivals in both Woodbridge and Manassas while also engaging in voter contact events in McLean and Prince William County. 

On September 15th, in Woodbridge, Youngkin visited with Carlos Castro at his grocery store, Todos Supermarket,to discuss his Day One Game Plan. On September 18th, in Woodbridge, Youngkin hosted a meet and greet with supporters in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Latinos for Youngkin coalition also attended the 2021 Latino Festival in Warrenton.

Over 100 members of the Latino and Hispanic community endorse Glenn Youngkin:

Isabel Alva De Leon, N. Chesterfield

Rachael Alvarado, Fauquier

Pastor Jose Andres Ruiz, Warrenton

Francisco Ascencio, Fairfax

Pastor Jonathan Avendano, Loudoun

Fred Avila, Loudoun

Juanita Balenger, Fairfax

Ximena Barreto, Arlington

Stephanie Belaoula, Fairfax

Lisa Braham, Leesburg

Nickolous Cabrera, Richmond

Monica Carpio, Fairfax

Joel Casanova, Virginia Beach

Josue Casanova, Virginia Beach

Honorable Jo-Ann Chase, Loudoun

Dina Contreras, Chesterfield

Roberto Coquis, Falls Church

Hugo Correa, Fairfax

Honorable Daniel Cortez, Stafford

Pastor Jose Cossio, Prince William

Marjory Coyer, Loudoun

Yvette Daniel, Richmond

Omar Daniel, Richmond

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Sergio de la Pena, Fairfax

Diego de La Pena, Fairfax

Elfego Del Rio, Virginia Beach

Matra Delacre, Fairfax

Obed Diaz, Arlington

Elsa Dixon, Rappahannock

Marcia Donovan, Fairfax

Matthew Ellsworth, Fairfax

Roberto Enriquez, Henrico

Irene Escamilla Hagerty, Stafford

Ursula Escoto, Arlington

Will Estrada, Lovettsville

Diego Feliciano, Fairfax

Marcia Finkel, Fairfax

Willard Finkel, Fairfax

Pastor Walter Flores, Loudoun

Ransom Fox, Fairfax

Maria Fruchterman, Fairfax

Astrid Gamez, Fairfax

Laura Gantt, McLean

Philip Garcia Chichester, Stafford

Christine Gomez, Fairfax

Al Guerra, Yorktown

Janice Guerra, Yorktown

John Guevara, Fairfax

Doug Gutierrez, Mechanicsville

Yenny Gutierrez, Mechanicsville

Andrea Hernandez, Fairfax

Hugo Hernandez, Prince William

Juan Hernandez, Fairfax

Pastor Juan Hernandez, Prince William

Honorable Saul Hernandez, Washington

Patti Hidalgo Menders, Loudoun

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