Mesa voters elect first Hispanic candidate, David Luna, to office

MESA, AZ - Mesa voters are making history, electing the first ever Hispanic candidate to office.

David Luna, who was nominated by the Mesa City Council to fill the seat in 2013, gets to keep his seat.

"It's been a journey. We've had many Latinos run for office in Mesa and they were unsuccessful," said Luna.

The City Clerk’s office reports other candidates have run for various positions within the city. Those candidates lost those elections.

Nearly 88 percent of Luna’s district is Caucasian. Only 11 percent are Hispanic. And Luna was able to win their trust

"They saw me for my skill set, my ability to lead and my experience and I' m grateful they saw me for who I am as a person that could represent them," said Luna.

Skills and experience dating back decades, Luna has always been involved in the community.

Luna has served on numerous school and community non-profit boards.

He also served as the co-chair of the Latino Town Hall, was on the City's Day Labor Task Force and was a charter member of the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board, spending three of his eight years as the chair.

The City of Mesa honored him by giving him the Citizen of the Year award in 2012.

He says he hopes his new role in politics will open the doors for others who want to make a difference in the city.

"If you want an effective government and effective community you have to get involved," said Luna.

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