The Latino Victory Fund has endorsed the re-election bid of Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington-Fairfax).

Lopez “paved the way for Latinos in the Virginia General Assembly,” said Nathalie Rayes, president and CEO of the Latino Victory Fund. “Not only did he break a representation barrier for Latinos, but he also created valuable collaborative space for other Latino delegates by creating the first Latino Caucus.”

“Alfonso is a powerful voice for Latinos in the legislature and a seasoned public servant,” Rayes said. “He’s committed to advancing progressive issues, including access to affordable housing, criminal-justice reforms, and equity for immigrant and new American communities. He’s been a steadfast advocate for his constituents and the immigrant community in Virginia.”

Lopez is being challenged in the June 8 primary by educator Karishma Mehta. The 49th District includes much of Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor, as well as adjacent areas of Fairfax County.

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