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  • Andrés Cano recognized as an "emerging leader"

    andresAndrés Cano, Special Staff Assistant to Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, was the recipient of the 2015 Equality Arizona Emerging Leader Award last month.

    Andrés, 23, started working as a Pima County Summer Youth Program Intern when he was just 14 years old. In 2012, after graduating cum laude from Arizona State University, he returned to the County to work in the District 5 office.

    "The values instilled in his childhood—values of equity, diversity, and inclusion—continue to this day as a gay Latino, a first-generation college graduate, and as a current and emerging public servant," reads the nomination letter submitted by Supervisor Elías.

    The award is meant to recognize an individual who’s worked to advance GLBTQ initiatives statewide. Andrés was the only Pima County recipient among this year’s Equality Arizona awardees, who were honored on October 10th in Phoenix.

    Andrés is a former President of the Young Democrats of Arizona, serves as Vice Chair of Planned Parenthood Arizona’s statewide board of directors, and he is the Chair of Tucson’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee.
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