Former Lebanon School board member looks to become city’s first Hispanic mayor

Cesar B. Liriano, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been a city resident for 17 years

By: - November 1, 2021 2:40 pm

Cesar Liriano, a Democrat running for mayor of Lebanon, Pa. (Source: Liriano campaign)

(*This story was updated at 2:51 p.m. on Monday, 11/1/21 to correctly reflect that Cesar Liriano is a former member of the Lebanon City Board of Education)

By Q’Hubo News Team

Cesar Liriano is looking to make history by becoming the first Hispanic man to become the mayor of Lebanon. He came from Dominican Republic when he was 19 years old, and has lived in the city for for 17 years.

The central Pennsylvania community, about 35 minutes east of Harrisburg, is  44 percent Hispanic according to Census data, has been rapidly growing its Hispanic community in the past three years, seeing an influx of Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria. And due to the changing demographics of this city the political climate has been changing by an increased of Hispanics getting involved in local politics.

Liriano, a Democrat, and *onetime Lebanon City school board member, is no stranger to local politics. He has been part of the policy council of Head Start. He has been an assistant baseball coach in his school district and he is currently a board member of Union Community Care, Junto de Lebanon and Our Voices Count.

“I am running for office because Lebanon is a beautiful city that has a lot of potential, specially for young people, investors, business owners and currently we are not taking advantage of that” Liriano said.

Liriano’s mission is to lead a city where youth have a lot more options for sports. He wants to create a place where investors want to put their money. He said his goal is to build better relationships with landlords, and where the community could enjoy a healthier relationship with the police.

Liriano faces incumbent Mayor Sherry Cappello, a Republican, who says her priority is “returning to normal,” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lebanon Daily News reported.

This story first appeared in Q’Hubo News, a publishing partner of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. 

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