LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hispanic leaders in Cuyahoga and Lorain County endorse Steve
Dettelbach for Attorney General of Ohio
We write this letter in support of Steve Dettelbach who
is running to be the next Attorney General of Ohio.
Voting is a sacred civil right. It is one to be cherished and
not to be taken lightly.
When Steve was the United States Attorney for the Northern
District of Ohio, he was responsible for initiating litigation
which led to the consent decree in both Cuyahoga County and
Lorain County requiring each of the counties to provide a
bilingual ballot in Spanish.
Cielo Feliciano, the wife of Santiago Feliciano,
was born in Puerto Rico, had a fourth grade-level education,
and, in 1952, relocated to the west side of Cleveland. A proud
United States citizen, she lived here until her death at age 84
She never learned to speak English, but she was a fierce
participant in this democracy we treasure, and she faithfully
exercised her right to vote. Her husband, Santiago Feliciano,
who served in the United States Army for seven years, took her
to the polls. After his death, Cielo never voted again, because
she no longer had Santiago to translate the English she would
see on the ballot.
If Cielo were alive today, and thanks to the advocacy and work
by Steve Dettelbach, she would have been able to continue
to exercise her right to vote by way of the bilingual ballot. We
all know similar stories. Steve has helped preserve this sacred
right for Hispanics. And Steve will work to preserve this sacred
right for each and every Ohioan, including and especially for
minority communities across our great state.
This represents just one example of Steve’s commitment to
opportunity, freedom, and the Rule of Law that he has
demonstrated for the entirety of his life and career. Steve will
stop at nothing to make sure the principles of fairness and
equality ring true in the lives of all Ohioans.
We are writing to express our enthusiastic and official
support of Steve Dettelbach for Attorney General of Ohio, and
ask you to support him by exercising your most sacred right.
With absentee balloting available and early voting, please vote
for Steve Dettelbach by November 6, 2018!
José C. Feliciano,
Chairman of the Hispanic Roundtable
former Ohio Public Safety Director
Honorable José Villanueva,
retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge
State Rep. Dan Ramos
former Cuyahoga County Procurement Director and former Berea
President of Lorain City Council
Cleveland City Councilwoman Ward 14
Angel Arroyo Jr., Lorain City Council, 6th Ward
Magda Gómez, Director, diversity and inclusion, Cuyahoga
Reverend Omar Medina
Executive Director of Treatment, Prevention and Recovery
Services, Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
Jenice Contreras, Executive Director of Hispanic Business
Co-Founder of LATINAs
former Director of Human Resources, NASA