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Regina Romero Won The Democratic Primary In Tucson And Now Has The Chance To Be The City’s First Latina Mayor

Back in 1875, when Arizona was still a territory and not yet a part of the United States, a Mexican businessman made history there. Estevan Ochoa, from Chihuahua, Mexico, became Tucson’s first and only Latino mayor. Now 144 years later, Arizona is poised to make history once again. 

Regina Romero won the Democratic primary election, which means she could possibly become the first Latina mayor of Tucson. 

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In a stunning landslide election, Romero beat two white Democratic politicians vying to become mayor of Tucson with 49.5 percent of the votes, NBC News reported.

“Words cannot describe how humbled I am to be the Democratic nominee for Mayor of our beautiful City,” Romero said on Instagram. “Thank you to both Randi Dorman and Steve Farley for your dedication and passion to bringing meaningful change to our community. I am truly grateful for your support and I look forward to working with each of you on how we can continue to progress as a City.” 

Steve Farley, her most significant threat in the Democratic primary, said that despite his loss, the people of Tucson must rally behind Romero. What counts is that a Democrat wins against independent Ed Ackerley in the mayoral election on November 5

“While I’m disappointed in the result, I stand behind the will of the people and support Romero to be our next mayor,” Farley said, according to a local news affiliate. “We should all support Romero, because our new mayor will need ideas and participation from all Tucsonans. This is our city, all of us together.”

The 44-year-old wife and mother of two children, has already made history as first Latina elected to the city council.

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As the youngest in a family of six kids, she was the first person to vote in her family. Her website states that she is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and a graduate of the University of Arizona. 

“I’m running to be the Mayor of Tucson because I believe we all deserve a safe, clean, just, and sustainable city that provides economic opportunity to all working families,” her bio states. “My 11-year track record as a Council Member and a lifetime of advocacy for our community make me the most prepared candidate to lead our City forward.”

Where does she stand on the issues? She’s as Democratic as they come and has done a lot for Tucson already.  

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Romero states that she is “pro-child, pro-environment, pro-education, and pro-choice” and made huge strides as a councilwoman. During her tenure, Romero fought for working-class family and was able to obtain hundreds of high-wage, long-term jobs in the city of Tucson by introducing the city’s 5-year economic recovery plan which helped after the recession. She’s also worked to develop Tucson’s response to climate change an advocated for the permanent protection of open spaces and environmentally sensitive areas, and spearheaded an effort to declare Tucson an “Immigrant Welcome City.”

Romero also established a paid Cesar Chavez holiday to recognize the Labor Movement’s contributions.

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As the daughter of migrant workers — her family is originally from Mexico — establishing a paid holiday on Cesar Chavez meant even more. 

Romero has held the responsibility to do as much as she could for her family, and now she’s doing the same for other families. 

“We would talk politics at the dinner table,” Romero said in a 2007 interview. “When I was 17 or 18, my parents said, ‘You have to register to vote because you represent the entire family.'”

Romero has a strong chance of becoming mayor in a couple of months because Tuscon typically votes Democrat, despite Arizona siding more on the Republican side.

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In the past half-century, the majority of mayors have been Democrat. This mayoral election Romero is going up against an Independent so the chances for that opponent don’t look too good. Now, when it comes to governors, Arizona is more of a red state and currently have a Republican running the show (Doug Ducey). So, it’s really up to the voters and whether they like how President Donald Trump and Ducey are running things. According to local poll numbers, Arizona isn’t feeling Trump all that much. That narrows the scale more on Romero’s side. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in Tucson on Nov. 5, but we’re rooting for you, Regina!

READ: 2020 Democratic Candidates Know Latinos Could Tip The Election So They’ve Started Pulling Out All The Stops

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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