Yudy Barbera, the chair of the Collier County Democratic Executive Committee, was interviewed in the July 4 edition of the Naples Daily News in a front-page story about what it means to be an American.
In the article, she notes that in Collier County some people are hesitant to identify themselves as Democrats for fear of repercussions in the largely Republican community. That’s changing, of course, as the large number of Democrats on the ballot this year attest.
“This is the United States of America,” Barbera told the newspaper. “I am not going to run away from where I want to live just because somebody else doesn’t think the way I think. We all should respect each other and the way we think. … I deserve to live here like anybody else.”
Barbera, 52, moved to Naples in 2002 and started volunteering to write postcards and make phone calls to Hispanic voters in Collier County. She became treasurer and eventually chairwoman of the Democratic Executive Committee in Naples, in addition to being the Collier County NAACP treasurer.
“There are more things that unite us than divide us,” she says in a video accompanying the online version of the article. You can read the complete story in the Naples Daily News by clicking HERE.