Osceola County has the most Latinos running for local office, a reflection of the coming of age of the Hispanic population as well as a steep rise in its population.
Of the approximately 42 Hispanics who are running for office in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, half are in Osceola County, which from 2005 to 2014 has seen an 82 percent jump in Hispanics, to reach about 92,000. In comparison, Orange County’s Latino population rose 52 percent – no small percentage – significantly below Osceola’s rate of growth. In Seminole the Hispanic population has expanded 39 percent between 2009 and 2014 (figures for earlier than 2009 were not available).
Part 2 of Latino candidate for office, therefore, focuses on Osceola. The number of candidates may change once the qualifying period expires later this month. Watch for Part 3 of Latinos running for local office, which will include Orange County. Click to read about the Osceola County Latino political candidates.
˜˜Maria Padilla, Editor