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View map of each county by its 2011 Latino population along with estimates of Hispanic elected officials. Darker colors indicate a larger share of population. Source: Northwest News Network.

View map of each county by its 2011 Latino population along with estimates of Hispanic elected officials. Darker colors indicate a larger share of population. Source: Northwest News Network.

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Latinos Barely Represented On Elected Bodies

Chris Lehman
09/24/2012

Across the Northwest, Latinos make up nearly 12 percent of the population, but only 2 percent of the region's elected officials. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman looks at some of the reasons for that gap.

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Image Note: The map displays each county by its 2011 Latino population along with estimates of Hispanic elected officials. Darker colors indicate a larger share of population. The database counted Hispanic surnames among county commissioners, city councilors, mayor and school board members. Source: Northwest News Network.

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