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Electoral Rumble at the LULAC Convention
The NiLP Network on Latino Issues (July 13, 2014) After what everyone agreed was a wildly successful 85th annual convention in New York City, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) found itself in a major controversy on its final day during its election of new officers. The convention elected a new president, Maggie Rivera of Chicago, currently the LULAC VP for the Midwest, and officers, but under a cloud of a potential legal challenge by her opponents. The 1,625 certified delegates were set to vote yesterday, Saturday afternoon, at the New York Hilton at noon, when the organization's Election Judge, Luis Vera of Texas, unexpectedly recessed the convention until 2:30pm. One report has it that a New York state court issued an injunction prohibiting the National President, Margaret Moran of Texas, and the Legal Advisor from issuing any legal opinions during the course of the assembly. Before the delegates returned, Vera announced that the Convention of the Assembly was cancelled. It appeared that the Maggie Rivera supporters were in the majority and supporters of her opponent, Roger Rocha of Texas and current LULAC Treasurer, at that point didn't return to the assembly. However, Rivera's supporters returned and, since they had a quorum, continued with the elections. One insider points out that the strategy of the Rocha supporters and the Texas contingent was to kill the election so that the current Executive Committee would continue to function until next year's convention. Maggie Rivera was elected the new President of LULAC by those returning to the assembly. Her election makes her the first person from the Midwest to hold this office, which has been controlled by the Texas contingent for a number of years.
Newly-elected LULAC President