Royse City resident Ericka Ledferd has been named the next president of the Rockwall League of United Latin American Citizens.
Ledferd was named along with new officers: Betty Hernandez, Clara Zamarripa, Judith Matherne and David Ledferd.
“I deeply appreciate the vote of confidence and generous support,” Ledferd said in an April 27 Facebook post.
Ledferd pledged to promote inclusion and ideas that will strengthen the hispanic and latino/a community in Rockwall County. The nonprofit was created in 1929 by Latino Americans who were veterans of World War I, and is the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the country.
Locally, the league created a chapter in May 2017 under the leadership of Dallas attorney Sol Villasana.
“I pledge to work for the common good, for the principles, ethics and precepts of the League of United Latin American Citizens,” she wrote.
Ledferd ran for a seat on the Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court in 2018, challenging incumbent David Magness of Precinct 4.
Though she lost the race as a Democratic challenger, she had told the Royse City Herald-Banner that she will continue her work in local community efforts.
Before running for a seat on the commissioner’s court, Ledferd worked for the Royse City Independent School District as the coordinator of the ESL program at the high school.
One of the legacies that she left was starting an award program for ESL students. Last year, more than 100 people came to the award ceremony at the high school auditorium.