When Los Cien, the county’s largest Latino leadership group, held its very first luncheon in 2009 in a back room of a Mary’s Pizza, less than a dozen people attended. Last week, 230 attendees turned out for the nonprofit’s 108th luncheon that focused on Latino participation in local elections and voter registration. A decade ago no Latino had ever been elected to the county’s Board of Supervisors. There had not been a Latino candidate to ever run for sheriff and only Santa Rosa had a Latino on its city council.

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