La Raza Unida
Members of the Legislature: 0
Highest Office Won: None
Founded:1970 in Texas.
The La Raza Unida Party was first organized by Mexican-Americans in Texas in 1970. The first national convention of La Raza Unida party met in El Paso, Texas in September 1972. "The party is divided and declines shortly afterwards, however, all but ceasing to exist by 1975."* The California Secretary of State's office reported that there were three La Raza candidates in 1972. Most sources agree that the party went into a steep decline within a few years and was not doing well by the end of the 1970s. One of the primary books on the subject, "La Raza Unida Party" written by California activist Armando Navarro, described the collapse of the by 1981. Part of the regional organization continues to exist as the Partido Nacional La Raza Unida, with national headquarters in San Fernando, CA. The state political party is "Raza Unida Party" which encourages California voters to write in their party when registering to vote.
NOTE: A new Partido Nacional La Raza Unida is currently operating in Arizona, California, and New Mexico.