Latino to Watch: Hector Sotomayor

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5011Hector Sotomayor is a modest man who doesn’t seek or want attention.

Sotomayor works hard in everything he does, and is extremely committed to the causes he supports.

As a testament to his dedication, he was recently promoted to sergeant at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; the first Latino to receive the designation. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marines, a Rochester pastor, and the newest member of Ibero’s fundraising committee.

This is in addition to his other volunteer commitments, such as La Cumbre’s government team, which focuses on improving civic engagement participation among Latino residents, and, to top it all off, he also has a wife and four children.

“Hector Sotomayor is a great asset to our entire community, not the just Latino community,” Patricia Cruz-Irving, Ibero’s director of development and communications, stated.

More about Hector Sotomayor:

Self-description

I am a family man, servant of Christ, and the community, with a desire to improve the lives of Latinos, and the community as a whole.

Favorite food

Arroz blanco, habichueles rosadas, pollo frito, tostones y un aguacate.

Hobbies

Spending time with my family, my church family, fishing, and exercising.

Favorite book or movie

My favorite book is the Bible, my favorite movie is “We were soldiers.”

Area of expertise/education

I’m a Sergeant with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Police Bureau.

Who do you admire?

I admire Dr Freddie Thomas, because he did not allow his surroundings, nor the status quo to dictate who he would be. Rather, his choices made him the man we honor and remember.

Favorite saying or motto

Semper Fidelis  – (Always Faithful) US Marines.

My wish for the Latino/Hispanic community

To grow into the powerhouse it can be, politically, economically, and socially. To no longer be as we are often referred to , as “the sleeping giant,” and to be the giant force we can be, for the benefit of all people, not just Latinos. Most importantly, I’d like for Latinos to never lose the focus that it all starts at home.

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