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McCrory scraps office devoted to NC Latino affairs

Posted March 29, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory's office no longer has a staffer devoted to Hispanic affairs, instead directing questions and concerns of North Carolina's Latinos into an office handling all constituent contact.

McCrory's staff said Friday that the Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs, which operated in the governor's office since at least the 1990s, has been folded into the constituent services office, which is the administration's main contact for all state residents.

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the Latino Affairs office was staffed by one person, who recently left.

Thomas Stith, the governor's chief of staff, said an advisory council on Hispanic affairs can help address culturally sensitive issues.

“We are committed to serving the needs of all of North Carolina’s citizens. We don’t segment our constituents by race or cultural background, any more than we separate them by age or gender," Stith said in a statement.

The U.S. Census says nearly 900,000 North Carolina residents are Hispanic.

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