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Letter: Escamilla has been a voice for the voiceless

Ballots have now been mailed, and in a few weeks we will know the results of Salt Lake City’s mayoral race.

As a gay man, a Native (American Indian), and a current constituent of state Sen. Luz Escamilla, I have been grateful for her consistent advocacy and allyship.

In February 2016, I attended the committee hearing on SB 170, a bill to recognize Indigenous

Peoples Day. In that meeting, I listened as questions and comments were shared that made me feel as if we, the indigenous peoples, had to justify our existence in the room. That is until Escamilla championed our cause.