Elección Latina 2017

Elección Latina

Election Latina panelistsCAWP and LUPE Fund, Inc., together with a steering committee of leaders in the Latino/a community, sponsor Elección Latina, a preconference session of the New Jersey Ready to Run® Campaign Training for Women. Elección Latina participants attend a half-day session that targets issues of particular interest to Latinas running for political office.  Elección Latina participants then attend Ready to Run® to learn about the nuts and bolts of working on a campaign.  Ready to Run® offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates to hear directly from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, and party officials about how to get Ready to Run®.  Topics covered include fundraising, navigating the political parties, working with the media, and developing a campaign plan.  

2017 Agenda
Elección Latina Steering Committee

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Elección Latina/Ready to Run® 2017 Agenda

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Friday, March 10, 2017

11:00 am  Registration Opens
Noon - 1:30 pm 

Welcome and Opening Keynote Lunch
Senator Nia H. Gill, New Jersey Legislature

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Elección Latina Welcome and Participant Introductions

2:15 - 4:00 pm


Roundtable: Latinas Make a Difference
The session features a roundtable discussion about the importance of having more Latinas engaged in politics and public life, including as elected or appointed officials, lobbyists, and party leaders. Topics covered include:

  • why participants should be involved in politics in some way 
  • the experience of running for and serving in elected office
  • how to be involved politically besides running for office
  • using community leadership positions, such as appointments to non-profit or government boards, as a way to advocate for issues and gain leadership experience

Arlene Quiñones-Perez, Chair, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee

Sonia Delgado, Senior Associate, Princeton Public Affairs Group
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, New Jersey Legislature
County Surrogate Bernice Toledo, Passaic County

4:15 - 6:00 pm


Welcome and Plenary Session:
Digital Strategies for Candidates, Campaigns, and Advocates

Digital outreach is a key aspect of today's political and advocacy campaigns. Online tools including blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online organizing and communications resources are important for getting campaign messages out to a be of potential voters or stakeholders. This session will provide an overview of best practices and offer practical tips on how to get started or enhance your online presence.
6:00 pm Networking Reception

Saturday, March 11, 2017

7:30 am Registration opens
8:15 - 9:45 am Keynote Plenary: What Women Candidates Need to Know

10:00 am - Noon

Track 1: Launching your Campaign
This session provides an overview of the key elements of a campaign, including assesing and establishing oneself as a candidate, developing a campaign plan, structuring a campaign organization, and voter contact.

10:00 am - Noon


Track 2 : Finding Your Political Voice and Influence
This session, designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have some impact on important issues, offers an overview of the "nuts and bolts" of government and political parties in the state. Topics covered will include positioning onself for appointments to a public board or commission and getting active in a political party.

Noon - 2:15 pm


Luncheon Plenary: Conquering the Camera – An Interactive Media Training
This interactive media training workshop will include tips for successful interviews on tough topics, how to look poised and professional on camera, staying on message, and public speaking techniques. Selected participants will take part in mock interviews and on-camera practice sessions.
2:30 - 3:45 pm


Track 1: Navigating New Jersey's Political Parties as a Potential Candidate
This session will highlight the power dynamics of party organizations, building relationships with party operatives and gaining the party's support, and will address how to respond when the part organization is not supportive.

2:30 - 3:45 pm


Track 2: Legislative Advocacy
This session is designed for those who are not ready to run but want to have an impact on important issues. Legislative advocacy is working with individual law makers and law making bodies to gain support for your cause or initiative. Learn how to organize a legislative advocacy campaign, including gathering allies, creating a campaign structure, building a communication network, and cultivating media relationships.

4:00 - 5:30 pm


Plenary: Fundraising for Success
Fundraising is one of the most crucial aspects of a campaign. This interactive workshop covers key components of campaign fundraising, including special emphasis on understanding why people give and the in-person “ask.” The session will also address developing a strategy for your campaign, building a donor list, recruiting and motivating a finance committee, and special events.

Elección Latina Steering Committee

(affiliations for identification purposes only)
Peggy Anastos
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Martha L. Bahamon

Milagros Camacho
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Grissele Camacho-Pagan, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Patricia Campos-Medina
Campos Strategies

Carmen Diaz
LUPE Fund, Inc.,
New Brunswick Library Board of Trustees, and
Douglass College Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Wilda Diaz
Mayor, Perth Amboy

Zulima V. Farber, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Nilda Garcia
Latina Women’s Council of Mercer County

Lucía Gómez-Jiménez
La Fuente, A Tri-State Worker and Community Fund

Wendy Martinez
1868 Public Affairs and LUPE Fund, Inc.

Gilda Morales
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Iveth Mosquera
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Margarita Muñiz

Andrea Martinez-Mejia
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Sara Peña
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Arlene Quiñones Perez, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Lillian A. Plata, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Ana Shaener
Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Gloria Soto, Esq.
LUPE Fund, Inc.

Noemi Velázquez
LUPE Fund, Inc.


Contact Nisa Sheikh at (848) 932-8566 or nisa.sheikh@eagleton.rutgers.edu.