Friday, October 21, 2005

Cunza withdraws name from charter commission nomination

The Nashville City Paper reports that Yuri Cunza has withdrawn his name from consideration from the Nashville Metro Council commission in charge of suggesting revisions to the Metro charter. Cunza is a Nashville resident and Peruvian citizen, and some council members had opposed Cunza's placement on the commission on the basis that he is not a U.S. citizen. It is not clear that U.S. citizenship is required to sit on the commission.

"Yuri Cunza, a prominent member of Nashville’s Hispanic community, has declined Mayor Bill Purcell’s nomination to the city commission that makes suggestions for revising the Metro Charter."

"Several Metro Council members had opposed the nomination, given that Cunza isn’t a U.S. citizen."

"A native of Peru, Cunza is the president of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and founder of local Hispanic newspaper La Noticia. He moved to Nashville in 1996 and has sat on several other Metro government boards."

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