The Mexican American Political Forum of Ventura County will honor a former congressman and several other local leaders for their community service during its annual awards dinner tonight.
Former Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura) will receive the Public Servant of the Decade award for his "immense representation of the county," MAPF President John J. Cobian said.
"We feel that he is undoubtedly the leader who has represented us all," Cobian said.
Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley will be named Judge of the Year. Roger Johnson, a judge from the county's Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and Everett Vital, who works for the local Job Training Policy Council, will be presented with service awards. And Francisco Montelongo will be given a community service award for his Spanish-language program on Jones Intercable.
Founded in 1976, the Mexican American Political Forum of Ventura County encourages Latinos to partake in politics and serves as an advocacy group for issues of importance to Latinos. MAPF has 150 active members, Cobian said.
The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Fundango's Restaurant in Ventura.