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Forum: Latinos will support GOP candidates

Updated: December 22, 2012 6:35AM



Rich Miller wrote in his Nov. 12 column that Latinos voted Democratic “all the way down the ticket” in Illinois and that if the Republican Party “wants to again be relevant in Illinois, it had better stop dismissing Latino concerns.” He mentions state House and Senate races where the Republicans lost due to what he believes was the impact of the Latino vote.

Mr. Miller fails to mention first-time Latino candidates who ran on the Republican ticket this year — myself, Ricardo A. Fernandez, for the 35th House District and Edgar Montalvo for the 19th Senate District. We are Latinos who deeply represent Latino concerns and were unsuccessful in our efforts to be elected.

Mr. Miller writes that the state Democratic Party “focused hard on getting Latinos to the polls,” but he fails to mention how the same Democrats fought just as hard to keep me off the ballot.

I filed my candidacy papers on Aug. 21 and was dragged through hearings and the courts for six weeks in an effort to keep my name off the ballot. When a judge finally ruled on my behalf, I only had 10 days to run a campaign before early voting began.

The Democrats should be aware that Latinos will vote for candidates and issues they believe in, no matter the party affiliation. Democrats should not overgeneralize and expect Latinos to vote only for Democrats.

As a Latino and a Republican, I believe we will earn the Latino vote because our values are Latino values.

Ricardo A. Fernandez

Orland Park

Disturbed by bank location

I am appalled that Tinley Park would allow Chase Bank to put up a building in the parking lot near the Jewel-Osco at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue.

The businesses at that corner have struggled, and now they have been basically obliterated from the view of passing drivers. Not to mention that the parking situation is going to be seriously compromised.

What is wrong with our town? I suppose it benefits more financially from the bank so village officials don’t care about the small businesses. This isn’t the first time the village has allowed nonsensical things to happen regarding local businesses.

It is a sad day when the good of a few takes precedence over the welfare of others.

Lynn Betsanes

Tinley Park

Jackson voters made their decision

I am not a big fan of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd), but recent newspaper articles dealing with his neglect of duty have been unfair.

He was re-elected Nov. 6 by a large percentage of the constituents of his district. His medical condition, work ethic and alleged criminal acts were well-publicized before the election.

The public spoke loud and clear. If that district does not wish a voice in Congress, that is their decision.

Frank Moriarty

Chicago Ridge



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