Latino Voters Gathered at Nevada Latin@ Vote Summit

Latinos Will Comprise Record % of Nevada Caucuses

For Immediate Release
Feb 16, 2016

"Nevada will showcase the Latino vote to the country. Comprising 15% of the Caucus goers on Feb. 20 and 23, I expect that Latino votes will influence the outcome of both parties elections more than ever before," said Hector Barreto, President of the Latino Coalition Foundation to the Nevada Latin@ Vote Summit on Feb. 12-13 at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas.

The Latino Coalition Foundation (TLCF), the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus (NHLC) and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) hosted the Nevada Latin@ Vote Summit where 150 interested voters and leaders gathered to dialogue with Presidential surrogates for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rocky De La Fuente, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as well as Congressional Candidates from both parties.

State Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz who is Chairperson of the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus gave remarks describing how Latina and Latino leaders have an obligation to educate the community to participate heavily in the Caucuses on Feb. 20 and 23 and thus influence the elections towards Presidential candidates that have pro-Hispanic and pro-immigrant views,"

Highlights of the Summit included addresses by US Rep Xavier Becerra (CA-D) for Secretary Hillary Clinton and US Rep Raul Grijalva (AZ-D) for Senator Bernie Sanders. Both Becerra and Grijalva have been mentioned in the conversation about potential Democratic Vice Presidential nominees along with US HUD Secretary Julian Castro and US Rep Luis Gutierrez (IL-D).

At the Summit voter registration (by SVREP) and training on how to participate in Caucuses for Democratic (Feb. 20) and Republican (Feb. 23) Presidential Candidates was conducted by Omar de la Rosa of the Nevada Republican Party and former legislator Lucy Flores for the Democrats was conducted.

Fueled by record setting growth in voting and registration during 2004-12 and turbo-charged by anti-immigrant rhetoric from personalities like Donald Trump Nevada Latino voters are expected to represent 15% or more of all votes cast on Feb 20 and Feb. 23. They could represent 30% of the Democrats.

This would continue the trend set by Latino voters in Iowa who tripled their turnout on Feb 1 compared to 2008 -the last open Presidential primary season. "Nevada Latinos are already on a roll with record setting general election growth in voting and registration. Their trend during 2004-12 is higher than the national Latino average, " said Antonio Gonzalez of SVREP.

The NLVS was sponsored by College of Southern Nevada, Entravision Media, The Law Offices of Domingo Garcia, and Solar City.

Latinos Will Comprise Record % of Nevada Caucuses

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