Aviles, Bensing Selected to Attend Democratic National Convention

FAYETEVILLE, AR –Alejandro Aviles was elected as a pledged Kerry at-large alternate and Dwayne J. Bensing was elected as an unpledged delegate from the 3rd Congressional District at the Democratic Party of Arkansas special state convention in Little Rock on June 19. Both will attend the Democratic National Convention in Boston on July 25-29.

Alejandro Aviles, a Junior in the Honors College at the University of Arkansas, is majoring in social work and is the Community Recourses Coordinator for the city of Fayetteville. He is a Boardmember of the HWOA, Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas and the president and founder of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter at the University of Arkansas. He has served as the vice president for Minority Affairs for the UA Young Democrats for the past two years. Aviles, a first generation Latin-American, was the only male Hispanic elected. “The amount of attention from political parties to the Hispanic community has boomed right along with the increase in their population. I hope to clear the many confusing messages sent to the Hispanic community in Arkansas and help them realize that our Democratic representatives have supported, and will continue to support, all of our hard-working families seeking the American dream,” Aviles said.

Bensing, a junior at the University of Arkansas, is majoring in political science, philosophy and communication. He is an Honors College Fellow and has served as president of the UA Young Democrats for the past two years and also serves as the National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Arkansas. He was elected Young Democrats of Arkansas Man of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Bensing, 20, was the youngest delegate elected.

Both Bensing and Aviles are graduates of Springdale High School and served as interns for the Victory 2002 campaign to elect Democratic candidates. As officers of the UA Young Democrats, they organized the first Hispanic Issues Banquet and the 3rd District Soapbox Conference.

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