Friday, January 6, 2012

Black Caucus becomes Minority Caucus as Bedne raises profile of Latinos at Metro Council

The 10 members of the Metro Council's Black Caucus have voted to change their name to the Minority Caucus, according to a report in the Nashville City Paper.

The change comes to incorporate the specific concerns of Latino Nashvillians in the caucus, now that Argentina-born District 31 Councilman Fabian Bedne has been elected to the city's representative body.

Caucus president and At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard explained the move:
“Our county’s changed, and we want to reflect that change and diversity. We want the Latino community to know they now have an advocacy group here at the council.
The full article has more.

Side note: In the comments to the City Paper article, where an anonymous poster flung nonsensical slander at Mr. Bedne, the councilman submitted a diplomatic but unyielding response. If he is going to have to respond to that kind of thing throughout his term, Bedne is already showing he's up to the task.

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