Latino PAC rallies engagement for 2016 presidential race
Political action committees like the Latino Victory Project (LVP) are trying to rally the Latino involvement in the 2016 presidential election. LVP President Cristóbal Alex spoke with NPR radio over the weekend about the challenges of trying to put viable Latino politicians in office, as well as engaging the Latino voter base.
Last presidential election in 2012, some 11 million Latinos turned out to vote, roughly 10 percent of the electorate. But what concerns Alex is that the majority of Latino voters — about 12 million — stayed home on that same election day.
“We think that if you get a good strong Latino running for office...they can win, and in the process increase voter turnout. It’s a virtuous cycle,” Alex told NPR.
LVP models itself off of groups like Emily’s List, which promotes Democratic women running for office. It’s a non-partisan PAC that, to date, has shown strong Democratic leanings. But Alex said it’s a matter of values.
“It just so happens that to date the candidates we’ve endorsed happen to be Democrats,” he said. “But what we look at the core values that the candidates stand and whether or not they represent Latino values, which are American values.”
Off the top of his head, Alex cites opportunity access, minimum wage, and immigration reform as big issues that concern the Latino voter.
Come September, LVP will release their endorsements for the 2016 slate of candidates. NPR host Rachel Martin asked if Alex will endorse any of the Republican Latinos running for office, and Alex said they’re carefully weighing all the options.