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How the Powerless Access Power, Immigrants make significant gains in influencing political system - Source Connection News Papers

Posted on Dec 26,2012
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Brian Moran, former chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia with U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-8) and Fred Shwaery of Vienna, a member of the Arab American Democrats of Virginia at the 24th annual Arab American Candidates’ Night Dinner held at the Tysons Corner Marriott on Sept. 30.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA. –
On Election Night Nov. 6, Keisy Chavez’s nerves were frayed.

The Fairfax single mom had been campaigning hard for Democrats since the official launch of Latinos for Obama last April.

She filmed a commercial for Senate candidate Tim Kaine in September, worked phone banks, door-knocked in 104-degree heat, stuffed envelopes, delivered yard signs and seized every opportunity to talk to friends, neighbors and strangers about the importance of the 2012 election.

Her daughter Cinthya Qureshi, 24, likes to tease her mom about her willingness to talk to anyone when it comes to politics.

“If my mom is pumping gas, and sees someone next to her, she will start a conversation about politics,” she said.

“I’ve been organizing for President Obama and Governor Kaine since the launch of their campaigns, and everyone I talk to in the Latino community gets fired up to help spread the message of everything they have done for us,” said Chavez.

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