Local Latino leaders gather to get out the vote

6:28 AM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The organization Unidos Votamos (United We Vote) organized an event in St. Paul on Thursday that gathered together community members, elected officials and local Latino leaders.

"We hope to grow in numbers and in strength," said State Senator Patricia Torres Ray. "This is about strengthening our relationship with those who are working hard for us in Washington and in St. Paul."

Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken and other DFL leaders highlighted the event intended to encourage Latinos to head to the polls in November.

Minnesota's Hispanic population has increased 74 percent in the past 10 years and now makes up five percent of the state's population.

"We need to engage the community far more than we've done so far," said Hector Garcia, with the Chicano Latino Affairs Council of Minnesota. "It's a matter of going to their places of work, to their churches and to the community centers."

Organizations like the Chicano Latino Affairs Council and Unido Votamos will spend the next few weeks in communication with Latinos in Minnesota on where to vote and what's on the ballot.

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