Latino Victory Fund Endorses Tennessee Candidates Running in Historic Races

Washington, D.C.— Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of Luis Mata, in Tennessee House of Representatives District 49, and Gabby Salinas, in Tennessee House of Representatives District 96. 

Mata would be the first Latino immigrant elected to the Tennessee State Legislature, while Salinas would be the first Democratic Latina elected to the Tennessee State Legislature.

Statement by Latino Victory Fund President & CEO Sindy M. Benavides on Luis Mata: 

“Luis Mata has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service and has been a staunch advocate dedicated to improving his community. He’s the product of Tennessee’s public school system and the first in his family to graduate from college, a testament to the possibilities to succeed in this country despite challenges. Luis is running to create change and help improve his community’s quality of life, including investing in education, access to affordable healthcare, and gun violence prevention. Latino Victory Fund proudly supports Luis Mata for Tennessee’s 49th House District.” 

Statement by Latino Victory Fund President & CEO Sindy M. Benavides on Gabby Salinas: 

“Gabby Salinas’ story is one of perseverance and service to others. She’s an accomplished scientist and political leader who has broken barriers for Latinos in Tennessee. Electing a diverse state legislature includes expanding state representatives’ expertise, and having someone like Gabby, with a sound perspective in science will be a formidable asset to help advance sound policies and issues.  Gabby has also served as a Democratic County Chair, leading the party to key wins in the consequential 2022 midterm elections. She’s a leader whose priorities reflect the issues that matter to her community, including access to affordable healthcare, educational opportunities, and living wages. Latino Victory Fund is proud to endorse Gabby Salinas for Tennessee’s 96th House District.” 


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 county board to the Senate to the White House.

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