Haverhill City Councilor Andy Vargas, the city’s first Latino elected official, lobbied delegates to make civic education in schools and reducing barriers to voting among the party’s top goals.
“I stand before you today as a product of an immigrant family—fully understanding that there are few places in the world where our story is even possible—the story of my father working in the last shoe factory in Haverhill to then raise a son who would one day become the first Latino elected official in that city,” said Vargas, according to his prepared remarks.
He advocated for the passage of civic education legislation as championed by Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler. The legislation would make understanding how federal, state and local government works a student graduation requirement. “We must prioritize this legislation—for civic education is perhaps the best investment we can make in our democracy,” he said.
Vargas also railed against efforts across the country to redraw voting districts to favor the political party in power, reduce voter locations and increase barriers to voting.
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