Someday later this 12 months, Carlos Cardona will endorse a presidential candidate. He’ll achieve this with a flourish. “There’s going to be a press launch and a tweet,” he says, “and I plan on personally being with the candidate on the day I make my announcement. Hopefully that announcement will occur alone porch.”
Proper about now, it’s possible you’ll be combing your reminiscence banks, pondering: “Carlos Cardona, Carlos Cardona. Wait, who’s that once more? Is he a kind of Silicon Valley billionaires? Is he a film star?”
No, Cardona — 29 years previous, 5-foot-5 with the slender construct of a jockey, and 14 years faraway from his native Puerto Rico — is the manufacturing director for a telemarketing agency in Laconia, New Hampshire, a struggling former mill city of 16,000 situated within the state’s most Trump-friendly county. He’s additionally the chair of the Laconia Democrats, an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and an unlikely New Hampshire political mogul. In a state that’s 94% white, with the next median age than any state save Maine, this youthful Latino has leveraged a timeworn native custom — New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation main — to accrue astounding political energy.
I occur to be Cardona’s neighbor. I stay 10 miles from him in a smaller Belknap County burgh, Gilmanton, dwelling to three,700 folks and a single blinking stoplight. In Might, I started stopping by his home events and located myself swimming in proof of simply how linked he’s.
Already, within the run-up to the state’s Feb. 11, 2020, vote, Cardona has introduced 15 presidential candidates to his hometown. 9 of those guests have staged meet-and-greet events at Cardona’s home. When tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang visited Laconia, he spent many of the day with Cardona after which shared…