Letter: Political power

June 16, 2014 

I'm bothered by the term, "25 Hispanic leaders," as used in a recent story about the selection process for Pasco's city manager. I'm always suspicious when someone is viewed as speaking for or representing this or that group, nationality, race, religion, etc. There is no elected "voice" or "voices" of our broad Latino community.

Very few if any of these 25 have risen through their ranks by a majority public vote to represent Hispanic residents on the decisionmaking Pasco City Council, except for Saul Martinez. And I seriously doubt he'd say he represents and "speaks for" the city's Latino community.

We certainly should strive for more representative diversity in local government. And it's nice that Mayor Matt Watkins held an open house with the candidates and invited all those special interest groups (who represent no one but themselves, their boards, etc.) to schmooze and quiz the city manager candidates.

The best way for any group, whether ethnically, religiously or culturally based, to be proportionally represented in city government is to be on the city councils, school boards, county commissions and sundry other elected and appointed positions.

It's called political power, and it's long past time for those who seek equitable representation to get on-board and seriously enter our local political process. It's what our democracy demands.

PHIL CHURCH, West Richland

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