One year ago, Melissa Mark-Viverito became an even more well-known political figure within New York City when she became the 1st Latina City Council Speaker of New York City. Since her appointed, Mark-Viverito has become one of the prominent figures within Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and it isn’t much of a surprise that she could very well become an even more important political figure in the near future.
“I am very honored and truly humbled by this day,” said Mark-Viverito, one year ago in her acceptance speech where she vowed to press for “a more equal and just New York where everyone, no matter what borough you are from, what neighborhood you were raised in or who your parents were, has equal opportunities.”
Continuing her efforts to make NYC more equal, Mark-Viverito’s charge became even more prominent after Congress failed to pass immigration reform. And according to Mark-Viverito the failure to pass such an important reform that would benefit so many immigrants living in this country is due to a lack of leadership within Congress.
“I’m just concerned about the lack of leadership we’re seeing,” said Mark-Viverto, “What’s going on in Congress is a disgrace.”
And not one who seems to just stand back and watch an important government entity go to waste, Mark-Viverito may be prepping herself for a future candidacy bid as she preps to give a speech in back in her native Puerto Rico next week when she goes to speak before the Latino Victory Project.
Founded by Latina actress Eva Longoria & Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman Henry Muñoz, the Latino Victory Project is national group that promotes Latino candidates. According to the group’s site, they are “a movement that builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.”
The group was founded with the intention of helping Latino candidates, who are known advocates within Latino communities, win elections within local, state and federal offices. As a somewhat networking and mentoring group of sorts, Latino Victory Project aids chosen Latino candidates by helping creating a connection of Latino leaders who will help train and support those candidates.
And with Mark-Viverito heading to Puerto Rico to attend the group’s sponsored event some within the political world are saying she is preparing herself for the 2016 elections. There is a belief that due to the Council Speaker become more of a presence within the public nationally, she is seeking to take the Manhattan & Bronx congressional seat from long-sitting politician Charles Rangel.
“It’s really important that we get ready and energize and mobilize that vote,” said Mark-Viverito, discussing the importance of Latinos becoming more politically aware and involved.
Mark-Viverito has neither denied nor confirmed anything regarding her goal to pursue higher levels of office. But when asked about her future political ambition, Mark-Viverito simply said “It’s always important to be ready. You never know what life is going to bring.”
So, with Mark-Viverito heading to the PR to speak politics and not hit the beaches for a nice vacation from this wintery cold it will probably be a matter of time before we know exactly where we will see this rising Latina Political Figure.