SCHUYLER, Neb. – While Latinos account for 65 percent of Schuyler’s population, this growing minority shows up in 17 percent of the appointed and elected offices at City Hall.
Mayor David Reinecke hopes that by appointing Antonio Rodriquez to the Planning Commission, more Latinos will get involved.
“Well, they are two-thirds of our population, they probably ought to be two-thirds of our City Council and other boards too,” Reinecke says.
Rodriquez ran for a city council seat in the last election but did not win, and the Mayor feels appointing him to the planning commission might bring new ideas to the future of the city.
“If somebody like that shows some interest in getting involve in public office we got to get him out and about,” Reinecke explains. “People know who he was, he ran strong in city council race but give him a little publicity for down the road.”
According to Rodriquez, the city is going in the right direction by promoting diversity.
“The Latino community represents 70 to 75 percent of the population, and as such we should get more involve in the decision-making process of the city.
From the mayor’s office down to the library board there are 31 elected and appointed slots.
Hispanics hold five of those positions.