October 1, 2012 - Wicked Local (Old Colony Memorial-September 26, 2012)
Rep. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, immigrated to the United States with his family from Cape Verde when he was 6 months old, the youngest of seven children. A small-business owner, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. He is serving his seventh term and is unopposed for re-election. DeMacedo serves as the ranking minority member on the House Ways and Means Committee, a position he has held for the past eight years.
DeMacedo said he believes there are opportunities for members of minority and ethnic groups today, and that those opportunities were enhanced when, as the state went through redistricting last year, the Legislature was cognizant of the need to provide minority representation.
“In the past, it’s undeniable that there was gerrymandering, cities sliced up to deny minorities representation,” deMacedo said. “But most recently, when we redistricted, that was on our minds. We created more minority-majority districts (from 10 to 20 of 160 House districts), which should translate into more opportunity for those communities.
“Personally, from my perspective – and I speak more as an immigrant, not per se, a minority – it’s important that I try to represent everyone in the community. I think immigrants, as well as minorities, have a unique perspective on the opportunities of America. I think that all immigrants have, if not a greater, certainly a more intense appreciation of the opportunities that America offers.”