YAKIMA, Wash. – According to an estimate from a database of Hispanic officeholders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, nearly nine out of 10 city councils across the Northwest have no Latino members.
One of the cities with no Latino representations is located in one of the most heavily Hispanic parts of our region, Yakima, Washington. And the ACLU is suing over the issue.
So why does the region's largest minority group have so little clout in the political arena?
Flip through the radio dial in Yakima and you’ll hear lots of Spanish.