Julián Castro Joins Board of Voto Latino to Help Register 1 Million Voters
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro has joined the board of Voto Latino just as the group, who is committed to engaging and empowering Latinos in politics, is preparing to roll out a campaign to hit 1 million registered voters by 2020. “I gently remind people that once Latinos register, their chance of coming out to vote is 80%,” said María Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s President and CEO. “The game is going to be played in seven states.” The new initiative is called Somos Más (We Are More) and will focus on Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and California. Their targeted sites will include 27 college campuses. They’ll also have a digital effort concentrated on North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. They have raised $4 million of their $7 million goal. “It has always been our strength -- the richness of our diverse communities and the histories of our people that have guided us,” Castro said. “2018 will be the moment Americans decide what kind of country we want to live in and leave for the next generation.” Joining Castro on the board is Sonal Shah, an economist who served as the Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House under President Barack Obama, and DC attorney Brian Stansbury. More here.