Ahead of the North Carolina Primary Election, Latino Victory Fund Announces Endorsement of Ricky Hurtado for State Representative

Washington, D.C.–Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of State Representative Ricky Hurtado, re-election candidate for the 63rd District of the North Carolina State House of Representatives. 

“Ricky Hurtado’s presence in the State House is invaluable to North Carolina’s more than 1 million Latino residents. We’re proud to support Ricky’s candidacy to ensure Latinos in North Carolina are represented in their state legislature and because he’s a dedicated public servant,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president & CEO. “Ricky is part of the young generation of Latinos who are running for office to transform their local communities and governments, especially in states with emerging Latino populations. He has a wealth of experience serving his community and has served his district tirelessly during his first session. He will continue to fight for a better, more equitable North Carolina.” 

Latino Victory Fund endorsed Hurtado in  2020 when he became the first Latino Democrat elected to the North Carolina State House and flipped a seat that had been Republican for ten years. He was the only Latino serving in the state legislature during the last session in a state where the Latino population is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Census data, the Latino population grew by 40 percent in 10 years. More than 1 million Latinos live in North Carolina or 10.7 percent of the state’s population. 

Meet Ricky Hurtado 

  • State Representative Ricky Hurtado is the son of working-class immigrants who fled war-torn El Salvador in the 1980s. He grew up in rural North Carolina and attended public schools. 
  • A first-generation college student, Hurtado’s dream finally came true when he was accepted into the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He attended graduate school at Princeton University, focusing on creating effective public policy to fight poverty and inequality and build strong, vibrant communities. 
  • After a brief time as a consultant and policy analyst supporting nonprofits and foundations across the country, Ricky became an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
  • He is co-executive director of an education initiative helping other first-generation college students and immigrant families break down barriers to educational opportunity.

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The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.

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