Title

21 and Running

Presenter Information

Pablo Gonzalez

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

This research project is a combination of an actual case study and the application of theoretical interpretations on political participation and political representation. In 2012 the Washington Redistricting Commission created the first Latino Majority-Minority legislative districts the 15th Legislative District. I decided to run for office and in the process learned the applicability of theories in political science. In the Latino politics class offered at Central Washington University, the research initiated as part of a group project focusing on the characteristics of the district and the potential for my election in the district. Studies show that areas with low education levels, high poverty, and new immigrant populations tend to vote less often. Election results indicate that it is considerably difficult to get elected even with a Majority-Minority district, due to various factors including money, political involvement, and political ideology. This research project examined information from newspapers, government documents, and voting records, as well as the small number of studies on the Latino political experience in the United States and the State of Washington.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gilberto Garcia, Rex Wirth

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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21 and Running

SURC 137A

This research project is a combination of an actual case study and the application of theoretical interpretations on political participation and political representation. In 2012 the Washington Redistricting Commission created the first Latino Majority-Minority legislative districts the 15th Legislative District. I decided to run for office and in the process learned the applicability of theories in political science. In the Latino politics class offered at Central Washington University, the research initiated as part of a group project focusing on the characteristics of the district and the potential for my election in the district. Studies show that areas with low education levels, high poverty, and new immigrant populations tend to vote less often. Election results indicate that it is considerably difficult to get elected even with a Majority-Minority district, due to various factors including money, political involvement, and political ideology. This research project examined information from newspapers, government documents, and voting records, as well as the small number of studies on the Latino political experience in the United States and the State of Washington.