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Local Business Owner Volunteers to Help Hispanic Voters in Accomack County

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ACCOMACK, Va.– Elections are right around the corner in Virginia. All of the counties in the state will participate in general and special elections on Nov. 5.

Accomack County will be voting for members to the state Senate and House. Additionally, all the county's constitutional officers, except for the clerk of court, will be on the ballot as well as the board of supervisors and school board members in all nine districts.

With so many positions up for election, a local volunteer wants to make sure the voice of the Hispanic community is heard.

"All of this is very important to me, as it should be to anyone," says Rudy Gomez, a local business owner.

Gomez, who has lived in Accomack County for 16 years, now owns a taxi company. He says through the years he's noticed a changed in the demographics of the county.

"It's a really growing Hispanic community thriving here in Virginia," he says.

Coming from countries like Guatemala and Mexico and working in the poultry and agricultural industries, more and more Hispanics are calling the Eastern Shore of Virginia home. For this reason, Gomez is focused on motivating Hispanic voters to participate in the upcoming election.

"It's gonna affect us locally, I mean we're electing a new sheriff, new treasurers," he adds.

Gomez volunteered to registered voters and also is promoting conversations with the candidates, so they are aware of the needs of the growing Hispanic community. On Nov. 5, he will also be volunteering his time and his cab to take voters to the polls.

"To anybody who doesn't have transportation on Nov. 5, we'll take you and take you to cast your vote," says Gomez.

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