Sylvia Lagos is Scott Griggs’ Campaign Treasurer
Longtime Winnetka Heights resident Sylvia Lagos has been named the treasurer for City Councilman Scott Griggs‘ campaign. The paperwork was filed Friday, but we’re still waiting for the city secretary’s office to fix the bad link on this page as I type this. (Griggs sent me the paperwork directly after I pointed out the link problem.)
When I Googled “Sylvia Lago Dallas,” one of the more interesting hits I got was this Channel 11 story from October 2011 about a group of Hispanic activists protesting the City Council map that will be used in this year’s election. They wanted a map that would make it easier to elect five Hispanic council members.
“We deserve five seats at the table,” a woman named Sylvia Lagos told Channel 11. “We redistrict every 10 years, and this is our time.”
Wait a minute. Could this be the same woman? And if so, why would she be working for a white man who is running against a Hispanic woman, fellow incumbent Delia Jasso?
When I put those questions to Griggs’ treasurer on the phone this morning, she began to laugh.
“We can consider him half Hispanic,” she jokingly said of Griggs. “He’s married to a Hispanic woman. He knows the culture, OK?”
In all seriousness, Lagos — who was the executive director of a nonprofit called Voz Del Anciano (Voice of the Elderly) before becoming chief of staff/chief clerk for Constable Beth Villareal — said Griggs has done a great job as her councilman since being elected two years ago.
“He’s proven himself to be not just a fighter for any certain group but for all individuals. And therein lies the difference,” Lagos said. “I’m not saying Ms. Jasso hasn’t represented individuals, but he isn’t pigeonholed. He wants to do the right thing for everyone, and basically what I like about him and why I’m supporting him is he has shown himself to be a man for all the people. … He’s accessible, he’s available, and he’s transparent.”
I highly doubt anybody else wants to jump into a race that features two incumbents, but just in case, I’ll remind you that March 1 is the deadline to file a candidacy.