If elected, Perez would be Maryland’s first Latino governor.
“We are so proud to be building a multi-racial, multiethnic, and diverse coalition of Marylanders who believe in our vision of a Maryland that works for everyone and I’m deeply honored to receive the support of Latino Victory Fund in that fight,” Tom Perez said. “Nathalie and the Latino Victory Fund have done incredible work to expand political representation across our country and I'm excited that together we will mobilize Latino voters across our state like never before so we can deliver results for all Marylanders.”
Statement from Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO of Latino Victory Fund:
“We are thrilled to endorse Tom Perez for governor of Maryland. Perez is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and he knows what it's like to work hard to achieve the American Dream. He has the vision and know-how to implement policies that will transform Maryland into a state where the doors of opportunity are open for everyone. Perez will be an effective champion for policies that benefit the Latino community and all of Maryland. He'll fight to expand high-quality education and create more job opportunities. Latino Victory Fund is proud to support Tom Perez and excited to see him become the first Latino governor of Maryland.”
The Latino Victory Fund is the latest in a number of civil rights organizations and Latino leaders throughout Maryland and across the country who have endorsed Perez’s gubernatorial bid – including CASA in Action and several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez has a longstanding record of supporting and engaging Latino communities in Maryland and across the country. He served as the Board Chair of CASA de Maryland and under his leadership grew the organization into one of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the nation.
In 2002, Perez became the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council, where he stood up for working families and immigrants by fighting for affordable housing and improved literacy and immigration programs throughout the county.
As the Maryland Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Obama, Perez fought to lift wages, expand paid leave, and ensure workers and families were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
In his campaign for governor, Perez has made engaging Maryland’s Latino communities central to his candidacy, including hosting a virtual conversation with national, state, and local Latino leaders on the importance of mobilizing Latinos to engage in the political process, and was the first candidate in the field to offer a Spanish language version of his website.