Hello, my name is Alejandro Arias Esparza. I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and migrated to the United States at 12 years old. I didn’t have an easy upbringing, my mother raised me and my sister basically on her own, and works hard everyday to make sure that we have everything we need. It is thanks to her that I am able to acquire an education and have had the privilege to pursue my dreams.
I study political science with a minor in sociology at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. I’ve been involved in campaigns and voting drives. Recently, with help from other students, I held a “Know Your Party” event where local candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections presented their ideas in an unbiased, non-partisan way to students. My research and studies have focused primarily on the Latinx community but have recently been expanded to study African American and Asian voting patterns. Upon graduating from Wichita State, I plan on pursue a master's degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas, and perhaps run for public office.
Growing up, I noticed the struggles that many people of color face, and the lack of attention that these communities received; that’s what got me interested in politics and more specifically in voting reform. I believe that the Latinx community along with other minority groups are very underrepresented. The only solution is to create a more diverse, responsive, proportional government, that lets minority communities be heard and ensures their votes count. That’s why I picked to intern at FairVote. I look forward to contributing my ideas and experiences to this great cause, and help Fairvote fight the good fight.
I am a strong believer in the power of the people, and democracy, and solely believe that our right to vote is the strongest tool. It’s not a matter of being Democrat, Republican, or independent; it’s a matter of making your voice heard, and your vote count.