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Hispanic leaders in Cuyahoga and Lorain County endorse Steve Dettelbach for Attorney General of Ohio


We write this letter in support of Steve Dettelbach who is running to be the next Attorney General of Ohio.

Voting is a sacred civil right. It is one to be cherished and not to be taken lightly.

When Steve was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, he was responsible for initiating litigation which led to the consent decree in both Cuyahoga County and Lorain County requiring each of the counties to provide a bilingual ballot in Spanish.

Cielo Feliciano, the wife of Santiago Feliciano, was born in Puerto Rico, had a fourth grade-level education, and, in 1952, relocated to the west side of Cleveland. A proud United States citizen, she lived here until her death at age 84 in 2007.

She never learned to speak English, but she was a fierce participant in this democracy we treasure, and she faithfully exercised her right to vote. Her husband, Santiago Feliciano, who served in the United States Army for seven years, took her to the polls. After his death, Cielo never voted again, because she no longer had Santiago to translate the English she would see on the ballot.

If Cielo were alive today, and thanks to the advocacy and work by Steve Dettelbach, she would have been able to continue to exercise her right to vote by way of the bilingual ballot. We all know similar stories. Steve has helped preserve this sacred right for Hispanics. And Steve will work to preserve this sacred right for each and every Ohioan, including and especially for minority communities across our great state. 

This represents just one example of Steve’s commitment to opportunity, freedom, and the Rule of Law that he has demonstrated for the entirety of his life and career. Steve will stop at nothing to make sure the principles of fairness and equality ring true in the lives of all Ohioans.

We are writing to express our enthusiastic and official support of Steve Dettelbach for Attorney General of Ohio, and ask you to support him by exercising your most sacred right. With absentee balloting available and early voting, please vote for Steve Dettelbach by November 6, 2018!


José C. Feliciano, Chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable

Henry Guzmán, former Ohio Public Safety Director

Honorable José Villanueva, retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge

State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-56)
Adrian Maldonado, former Cuyahoga County Procurement Director and former Berea Councilman

Joel Arredondo, President of Lorain City Council
Jasmin Santana, Cleveland City Councilwoman Ward 14
Angel Arroyo Jr., Lorain City Council, 6th Ward
Daniel Ortiz 
Magda Gómez, Director, diversity and inclusion, Cuyahoga Community College
Victor Ruiz
Reverend Omar Medina 
Andrés González 
Maureen Dee, Executive Director of Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Services, Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland 
Jenice Contreras, Executive Director of Hispanic Business Center
Miriam Lugo, Co-Founder of LATINAs
Ken Aguilar, former Director of Human Resources, NASA


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