Francisco Heredia was among the many Latinos who ran and won his bid to serve in his local government of Mesa, Arizona. As part of its “Connecting with la familia” series, Mi Familia Vota will be facilitating interviews with local elected officials to hear about their job role and connect the public with the people working to represent them! Watch Francisco Heredia’s full interview here!
Prior to serving and winning his re-election for Mesa District 3 Council member, Heredia was part of the Mi Familia Vota family, working as our Arizona state director and operational field director.
He began his work with MFV in 2010, around the same time Arizona SB 1070, or the “Show me your papers,” was passed. SB 1070 was one of the strictest anti-immigrant legislations to be signed into law. That’s when the community had a “Ya Basta!” moment and began organizing to oppose being discriminated against, says Heredia. He says it’s because of “the hard work that’s been laid out and the foundation that’s been built” that he is able to continue with his work, serving the community.
“I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to represent Mesa and the West Mesa portion to ensure that we get things done for our community,” says Heredia. “We’re excited here in Arizona seeing good people like myself and Raquel Teran getting into legislature and other local elected officials coming on board to have a voice at the table – at the local level, statewide level and hopefully in the federal level.”
From an early age, his parents instilled in him the importance of getting an education. His parents were migrant farmworkers
who worked the fields in Arizona, California and other places. “Hopefully, I can bring that shared experience and shared perspective through my life struggles,” says Heredia. “My parents told me to get an education, you have to work well with others and to hecharle ganas to make sure you accomplish your goals, but you also giving back to the community that has given you so much. That’s been the core values that I’ve always embraced.”
At its essence, Heredia describes the job of an elected official as a selfless one. “In the end, it’s not about you,” he says. “It’s about how you get things done and work with people and work hard to ensure that our community ensure our work and the items that we want to take care of.”