Washington State Democrats Plan to Expand Their Base with the Latino Voter Project
YAKIMA, Wash--The Latino community is one of the fastest growing communities in the state and the Washington State Democrats want to harness that power.
The goal of the Latino voter project is to empower the Latino population here in Washington. With three full time staff members and many volunteers they plan to increase turn-out at the polls.
State director of the project, Carlos Lugo said that while Latinos make up 40% of the population in Yakima only 15% are registered voters.
He plans on changing this with, "A lot of canvassing, a lot of face to face voter contact. You know it's really what's going to work the best. Reaching out to the community making them know that we're here and give 'em a reason to vote," said Lugo.
Lugo said not only does Latino Vote have enthusiastic effort, the Democrats are putting $95,000 into the project.
Showing their support candidates Jesse Farias, Vickie Ybarra and Chris Ramirez all spoke at tonight's kick-off. The Latino Vote Project members also hope to build a foundation for the community that will last long after this election.