Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Latino Victory Project Laying the Ground for 2018, 2020 Elections

This past week, Latino Victory named news members of its board and national committee, including New York political consultant Luis Miranda, father of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; actor Ana Ortiz, known for her role in “Ugly Betty,” and Julissa Arce, an immigrant rights advocate and former Goldman Sachs executive who started working on Wall Street while she was undocumented.

“Given this Trump era we are in, the political calendar has shifted earlier,” said Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory.

The Latino group is working to set up in Georgia, Arizona, Florida and Nevada, setting in motion its recruitment of and campaign support for Latino progressives who will back policies beneficial to the Latino community. Their political action committee, Latino Victory Fund, has put money into a campaign called “Run, Veronica, Run” to urge El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar to run for the congressional seat now held by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who will be challenging Sen. Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat.

“We are in a challenging spot right now because of the leadership void and because the president has opened up opportunity for Nazis and others to come out freely in the country,” Cristóbal Alex said. “But when I look at leaders coming up and stepping up around the country, getting into the arena, I feel more and more optimistic about the future.”

The group maintains that being successful in 2018 will position Latino Victory Project to influence and help elect a new president who will reflect their values. Despite the turmoil going on in the country, Latino Victory Project is optimistic about the outcome.

NBC News