A Hispanic Christian leadership group endorsed on Wednesday an Illinois pastor in the Chicago mayoral race in the hopes of expanding the political voice of the Hispanic evangelical movement.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference endorsed Wilfredo De Jesus' bid for Chicago's mayoral seat. De Jesus is the senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Humboldt Park.
"Pastor Wilfredo's candidacy speaks to the growth of our community as it pertains to extending our commitment to righteousness and justice beyond the pulpit," NHCLC president the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said in a statement.
The NHCLC, the largest Latino Christian organization in America, claimed the election of Florida's Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American and self-proclaimed Christian, as victory for Hispanic evangelicals. Now it wants more Hispanic evangelicals to grace the political stage and speak out for millions of America's Latino Christians.
"Across America, more and more Hispanic Christians will seek public office and demonstrate that we offer an agenda that reconciles the message of Dr. Martin Luther King and the justice commitment of Lincoln, with the optimism of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Marco Rubio's victory proves that Hispanics with strong faith commitments can offer viable alternatives to the current polarized political landscape," stated Rodriguez.