Schwab part of Latino affairs council

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 9, 2001

From staff reports

While the Latino population in Albert Lea and Freeborn County continues to grow, Sen.

Monday, April 09, 2001

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While the Latino population in Albert Lea and Freeborn County continues to grow, Sen. Grace Schwab will will be learning more about Latino issues as a representative on the state’s chief advocacy council.

Schwab, R-Albert Lea, announced her appointment Friday to the Council on Affairs of Chicano-Latino People.

&uot;I am honored to have been chosen to serve on this important council,&uot; said Schwab. &uot;Our community is fortunate to have a vibrant and growing Chicano-Latino community. I am hopeful that my position on this council will help me fully represent the interests of all of our community members,&uot; Schwab said in a statement.

The Chicano-Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) was created in 1978 by the Legislature to promote the social, economic and political development of Minnesota’s Chicano-Latino community, Schwab said.

The council holds monthly public meetings throughout the state. Board of Directors meetings also provide a forum to debate issues and provide recommendations on future Council actions. CLAC staff members engage in research, advocacy and communication in a effort to influence public policy, Schwab said.

Census 2000 counts show more than 140,000 Latinos residing in the state. In addition, Schwab said 15,000-17,000 migrant workers consider Minnesota their temporary home each year.

Albert Lea is estimated to have the fifth-largest Latino population in the state at more than 1,700, Schwab said.

To assist with issues related to the Latino community, Schwab said she invites anyone interested to contact her office at 651-296-9248.