Would you like to choose the members of your community in charge of heading local government? Don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for candidates for the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council this Saturday, April 26.

Don’t know where to go, who is running or if you can vote? We’ve compiled an easy guide to help you participate and make your voice heard.

What is the neighborhood council?
Neighborhood councils are local city-certified groups that often act as links to the Los Angeles City Council and other leaders. Councils are made up of volunteer residents and stakeholders. Their purpose is to represent the interests of Boyle Heights businesses and individuals who live, work and do business in the community.

The neighborhood council also helps to advise the City Council on the community’s issues and current events, such as new development projects.

Who can vote?
The election is open to people who live, work, own property in Boyle Heights, or have a vested interest in the community, regardless of their citizenship status. Voters must be 18 years or older.

Do I need identification to vote?
Voters will identify themselves as stakeholders through written self-affirmation. Documentation is not required in order to vote.

Where/When can I vote?
You can vote this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Boyle Heights City Hall at 2130 East 1st Street Los Angeles 90033

Who are the candidates?
(*Candidates filed their applications by March 19. All seats are for two-year terms)

Marisol Sanchez and Rolando Cruz are running for the Area 1 board seat, while Renee M. G. Chavez and Rita Govea Rodriguez vie for the Area 2 seat. Luz Maria Montoya-Ruiz is running unopposed for the seat in Area 4.

Those running for the 14 open community seats are Rafael C. Chagoya, Diana Del Pozo Mora, Vera Del Pozo, Phillip J. Del Pozo, Carlos Montes, Margarita Amador, Fanny Ortiz, Victor Reveles, Bana Haffar, Ashley Reveles, Jason Gallegos, Erika Trevis, Lia Salgado, Steven Cesar Almazan, Kenneth Maurice Wyrick, Azul Amaral, Joe Diaz, Lizette erez, Mynor Godoy, Aba, Juliana Ramirez, Amanda Desiree Mejia, Nicole D. Martin, Tom Mass.

To learn more about the candidates running, check out http://empowerla.org/bhnc/boyle-heights-nc-2014-elections/.

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