Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month locally

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month locally

Happy Tuesday, Madison!

October may have just started but we're already about halfway through National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The month kicked off Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. The occasion marks an opportunity for Hispanic and Latin American communities to celebrate their heritage and look toward the future.

Locally, there are plenty of ways to observe the month.

— Hayley

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  • If you'll recall: The record shop operated for nearly 40 years on the 400 block of State Street. Back in February, the business learned of a proposed redevelopment of the block would force its relocation.
  • Thankfully, the business didn't go too far. B-Side re-opened over the weekend at its new storefront at 514 State Street. The new location is roughly twice as large as the shop's previous space, which Tone Madison aptly described as "lovably compact."
Incumbent Democrat Tony Evers (left) and Republican challenger Tim Michels (right) are in an expensive race for Wisconsin governor. (Images via Twitter)

💸 Our governor's race is shaping up to be one of the nation's most expensive.

  • Since the August primary, Democrat Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Tim Michels have spent a combined $55 million, making Wisconsin's governor's race the most expensive gubernatorial general election in the country.
  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Democrats on Evers' side are spending more than twice as much as Michels and his GOP allies.
  • Michels, who owns a Wisconsin-based construction company, gave nearly $12 million of his own funds to his campaign before the August primary. In that time Evers relied more on campaign donations and $1.6 million from the state Democratic Party. Both candidates had 10 people each make $20,000 donations — the maximum amount permitted by law for individuals.

🚧 Centro Hispano is getting closer to funding its new facility.

  • The organization saw multiple large donations at the end of September bringing it closer to its $20 million fundraising goal. Centro received a $2.5 million gift from Ascendium Education Group and a $1 million grant from the Pleasant Rowland Foundation. This pushes the organization past the $15 million mark in its progress, Cap Times reports.
  • Some context: The funds will be used to build a new 25,000-square-foot facility in south Madison. The new building will allow the organization to double the size of its afterschool programming and support Dane County's growing Latine population.

💔 Longtime Madison City Attorney Mike May has died.

  • May was first appointed city attorney by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in 2004. He went on to serve in the role for 16 years until his retirement in May 2020. If you ever attended a City Council meeting during that time, you likely saw him there. May staffed more than 360 meetings during his tenure, which, according to the city, "equates to a little over one year of his life in Council Chambers."
  • May was 68 and died Monday.

🏆 Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin’s 46 Most Influential Latino Leaders 2022, Part 1.

  • Via Madison365: "This week we shine a statewide spotlight on the dedicated leaders of Wisconsin’s Latino communities. These are richly diverse communities with roots that represent a massive geographic area. The people we highlight this week are elected leaders, business leaders and community leaders, doing difficult, important work, often in the face of discrimination and literally generations of oppression.

    We are also aware that this list, like every other, is not comprehensive. There are, without a doubt, more than 46 influential Latino leaders doing good work in Wisconsin. We hope you will let us know about people in your community who we can include on future lists. For now, though, we just want to introduce you to a few of the people doing the work, often behind the scenes and without the accolades, across Wisconsin."
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