October 21, 2016
By Jeremy Schwartz and Dan Hill
As the Nov. 8 election nears, no single group is as potentially influential as Texas’ nearly 5 million eligible Hispanic voters.
Yet despite explosive population growth over the past two decades, Latinos remain vastly underrepresented in many city and county elected offices throughout the state — even in places where their population far outnumbers Anglos.
A first-of-its-kind American-Statesman analysis has found that more than 1.3 million Hispanics in Texas live in communities with no Hispanic representation on their city council or commissioners court. The disparities remain high even when accounting for noncitizens.
The imbalance is especially acute at the highest levels of local government. In a state where Hispanics make up 38 percent of the population, only about 10 percent of Texas mayors and county judges are Hispanic.
Source: Austin American-Statesman