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Latino Victory Fund endorses openly gay candidate for Maryland State Delegate

If elected, Gabriel Acevero would become the first LGBTQ Afro-Latino to serve in the Maryland General Assembly

Gabriel Acevero – Photo: Acevero for State Delegate campaign.

The Latino Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to electing progressive Latino representatives to every level of government, has endorsed Gabriel Acevero in his bid for Maryland state delegate.

Acevero, a union organizer and LGBTQ advocate, won his primary, along with Leslie Lopez and incumbent Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery Co.), for the three Democratic slots that will appear on November’s ballot for the 39th House District.

He also faces Republican Verelyn Gibbs Watson in the general election. The top three vote-getters in November will win full four-year terms in Annapolis. 

If elected, Acevero would become the first openly LGBTQ Afro-Latino elected to the General Assembly.

The Latino Victory Fund has heralded Acevero as “a voice that is direly needed” in the General Assembly, and who would add a diverse voice on behalf of underrepresented communities to the debates over public policy.

“All across the country, we see a yearning for leadership that reflects our diversity,” Mayra Macías, the political director of the Latino Victory Fund, said in a statement. “Gabriel is part of the new wave of young progressive Latinos who are running for office to effect positive change in our communities. He is a talented grassroots organizer who understands the needs of the district and who will champion the issues that matter to the Latino community.”

Since announcing his campaign, Acevero has earned endorsements from many establishment Democratic Party officials in Montgomery County, including County Executive Ike Leggett, Councilmember Marc Elrich, County Council Vice President Nancy Navarro, and State Sen. Susan Lee. He was also endorsed by Somos CASA, one of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the country, as well as several labor unions and local progressive organizations.

“I’m honored and excited to have the support of the Latino Victory Fund,” Acevero said in a statement. “At a time when the Latinx community is being vilified and scapegoated, we need more elected officials who will counter this false and divisive narrative and speak to the many contributions of the Latinx community.”

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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