For the 2016 election season, Latinos are projected to carry the next United States president into the White House. As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vie for the Latino vote, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda wanted assurance that – unlike fair weather fans – the candidates are truly ride or die for the Latino community.
On February 25, the organization sent a 20-question survey to all presidential hopefuls asking what roles Latinos will play in their cabinets. Only Clinton and Sanders responded, according to Reuters.
“From special assistants to cabinet members, Latinos will play a key role in helping to shape my policy priorities and be effectively represented in our agencies,” Clinton said. Sanders said he’d continue to back the Latino community by hiring a staff that reflects “the diverse make-up of the country… I can think of no place more vital for such diversity than in the cabinet and the Senior Executive Service of the President of the United States of America.”
Though only time (and a win) will tell if they stay true to their word, the two have made efforts to include Latinos on their campaign teams. As a matter of fact, Hillary Clinton hired the first DREAMer, Lorella Praeli, and Sanders soon followed with César Vargas. For Republican candidates, finding a Latino outreach coordinator is not quite as simple.
Still, Latinos have made their mark in the 2016 elections. Here are just 10 staffers contributing to the Sanders and Clinton campaigns.
To view the list of Latino staffers: http://remezcla.com/lists/culture/latino-campaign-staffers-2016-elections/