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HELO supports free trade, selects officers.

Former New Mexico Governor Tony Anaya urged local officials to support the free trade discussions currently underway between Mexico and the United States saying it is an agreement that is good for the country.

Anaya's speech was delivered December 14 at the Congress of Cities in Las Vegas at a luncheon sponsored by the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO).

Anaya said that it would not be appropriate to tie the labor and environmental concerns to any trade agreement. He said those concerns should be addressed in separate discussions.

A HELO resolution that called on NLC to support the trade talks with Mexico was submitted to the Resolutions Committee but was defeated. The Resolutions Committee adopted a resolution that called for NLC support for expanding free trade opportunities on the condition that environmental, infrastructure and labors are comparable to those in the U.S.

During the course of the Congress of Cities meetings HELO President Peso Chavez, Councilman from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Yolanda Vera, Councilmember from San Antonio, Texas, were nominated to the NLC Board of Directors. Vera was also elected HELO's Secretary/Treasurer.

During the HELO business meeting, three new officers were elected: Fred Guerra, Councilman from San Marcos, Texas, was elected Second Vice-President. Guerra is currently a member of the NLC Advisory Board; he is a former member of the NLC Board of Directors and was the 1991 Chair of the Human Development Policy Committee's Subcommittee on Equal Opportunity.

Alicia Sanchez, newly elected Mayor of Port Huron, Michigan, and Jack Valencia, Councilman from Las Cruces, New Mexico, were elected to the HELO Board of Directors.
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Title Annotation:Hispanic Elected Local Officials
Author:Barreto, Julio
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Dec 16, 1991
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