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In Ridgefield, N.J., Latinos Buck Nationwide Trend
Latinos comprise just 21 percent of Ridgefield, N.J.'s population, but they make up half the City Council, and have the mayoralty. 

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From left to right: Council members Dennis Shim, Javier Acosta, Lauren Larkin, Ray Penabad, Mayor Anthony Suarez, Russell Castelli, and Hugo Jimenez.
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Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, far left, and Councilman Ray Penabad, far right, are among the four Hispanics on the town's governing body. A member of the town's emergency management services speaks to the officials about the need for changes in stipends and shifts to attract more members.

(Elizabeth Llorente)

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Ridgefield Borough Council members Hugo Jimenez, left, Ray Penabad, center, and Javier Acosta, right.

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Ridgefield Borough Council members Ray Penabad, left, and Javier Acosta, right.

(Elizabeth Llorente)

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Dominick Trentacusti, a worker at a local deli in Ridgefield.

(Elizabeth Llorente)

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Ridgefield Borough Council members Javier Acosta, center, and Ray Penabad, right at a recent meeting.

(Elizabeth Llorente)

In Ridgefield, N.J., Latinos Buck Nationwide Trend

Latinos comprise just 21 percent of Ridgefield, N.J.'s population, but they make up half the City Council, and have the mayoralty. 

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