This year’s second annual Hispanic Heritage Fest in Hailey celebrated the Latino culture within our community during National Hispanic Heritage Month. It was wonderful to see dancing, music, food and traditions celebrated.

At the festival, we heard from Juan Martinez, who is seeking public office on the Hailey City Council. Hailey’s population is 30 percent Latino, yet there is no corresponding representation on our City Council. It is time for better representation of the Hispanic community, and Juan’s courageous decision to run is exciting. At 28 years old, Juan is part of a younger demographic group that has historically had low participation on City Council.

Juan is not only eager to bring his cultural perspective to the council, he is passionate and thoughtful about the future of our community. I first met Juan at a Hailey Climate Action Coalition meeting, where I learned that he is a WRHS graduate and a youth sports coach. As we discussed climate change and clean energy issues in Hailey, Juan shared his desire to add a clean energy goal for the city of Hailey. We need leaders who will listen, learn, develop policy and act—and Juan is that person.

In the Nov. 5 Hailey City Council election, we have an opportunity to elect someone who will bring a new and important perspective to some of the issues our community must tackle. Juan wants to help “build the bridge” across cultures in our community, increase our city’s strength through diversity and involve the entire community to find the very best solutions for Hailey. Please vote for Juan Martinez for Hailey City Council Seat 4 on Nov. 5.

Molly Page, Hailey

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