Jesus Gonzales, Michigan, 1950

Jesus Gonzales, Jr. ran for the 11th senate district in Michigan in 1950. He garnered 126 votes: 10 in Lapeer County, 97 in Macomb County, and 19 in St. Clair County.

What makes this early candidacy so intriguing is that Gonzales ran as one of only three candidates in the state who were part of the Progressive Party.

The third party ran Henry Wallace for president two years earlier, in 1948, at which time it organized Amigos de Wallace as way of reaching into the Latino community.

The author is seeking information on Jesus Gonzales, Jr., his 1950 legislative campaign, and the Progressive Party outreach to Latinos in the Midwest.

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