“Joe Biden knows that the electoral path to victory runs through Arizona and its Latino community.”
Latinos are turning out to be a powerful voting bloc in Arizona. In fact, they make up almost a quarter of eligible voters in Arizona, according to Pew Research.
The organization Mission for Arizona is on a mission to flip the Arizona legislature, flip the U.S. Senate, “take back the White House,” and to elect Democrats down the ballot on Nov. 3.
One of the ways Mission for Arizona celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month during September was by making outreach phone calls on behalf of Joe Biden — in Spanish.
In fact, the Biden-Harris campaign says they conduct Spanish-language phone banks every day. They’re also hosting bilingual events on weekends where bilingual volunteers reach text and call other Spanish speakers. There’s also a Spanish-language Voter Protection Hotline.
Mission for Arizona has trained more than 500 volunteers on phone-banking in Spanish.
Luz Jimenez, Arizona Press Secretary for Hispanic Media for the Biden for President campaign tells The Copper Courier that Joe Biden knows that the success of Arizona and that of the Latino community is one and the same.
“That’s why he has a comprehensive agenda — starting Day 1 — to make changes needed for the Latino community to thrive,” Jimenez explained. “Joe’s plan will invest in Latino’s economic mobility, work to end racial health disparities, expand access to high-quality economic mobility, work to end racial health disparities, expand access to high-quality education, combat hate crimes and gun violence, and secure our value as a nation of immigrants.”
Jimenez said their campaign is not taking a single vote for granted, and that their outreach effort started over a year ago, even before Biden was a presidential nominee. Since then, according to Jiminez, “the campaign has invested significant time and resources in Arizona to build relationships in the Latino community.”
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The Biden-Harris campaign has spent millions of dollars in both television and digital ads, including some in Spanish aimed at Latino voters.
Jimenez said Biden knows that the electoral path to victory runs through Arizona and its Latino community, and that, “the campaign continues to elevate Latino voices in-state and nationally.”
In fact, another Biden Spanish-language ad features Phoenix-based, award-winning chef and owner of the popular Barrio Café restaurants Silvana Salcido Esparza.
The Democratic Party featured Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to COVID-19 in the National Democratic Convention, after saying her father’s only pre-existing condition was trusting President Donald Trump after he brushed off the seriousness of the pandemic.
Biden’s campaign recently launched their statewide Latino Leadership Council, which includes over 40 members, including Tucson-based Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Phoenix-based Ruben Gallego, and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero.
The Biden campaign, in collaboration with Mission for Arizona, has so far recruited more than 4,000 regular volunteers and has enrolled 70,000 Arizonans to vote by mail.