The Role of Latinos in this Year’s Presidential Elections

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will host a Town Hall meeting examining the role of Latinos in this year’s presidential election this Friday, Feb. 29, at Texas State University in San Marcos to kick off its Region 5 Conference. The town hall meeting, moderated by Olga Campos, anchor/reporter at KVUE-TV in Austin, is free and open to the public.
Where: Texas State University, the Alkek Library Teaching Theater, San Marcos
Opening reception – to kick off the Region 5 Conference – 5 to 7 p.m., Wittliff Gallery, top floor of the Alkek Library (
Town Hall Meeting, 7:15 to 9 p.m., Alkek Library teaching theater, adjacent to the gallery on the first floor.
For years, the line has been: “This is the year the Hispanic sleeping giant awakens and shakes up politics as we know it.” While it can be debated whether the giant is still actually slumbering, the political parties are not asleep at the wheel.
This year, their interest in the Texas Latino vote is more important than ever, and the Texas primary could decide who wins the Democratic nomination.
What else are the presidential candidates doing to reach out to Latinos? Are they hitting on the issues that are important to Latinos? What are those issues, and how do they differ from other voters? Or do they? Please join us for a provocative discussion on the role of Latinos in this year’s presidential election.
The panelists include:
Garry Mauro, Texas chairman for the Clinton campaign;
Lydia Camarillo, vice president, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP);
Andy Hernandez, executive director, Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development, former first Director for the Base Vote Division at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C, and former president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.
Dr. Federico Subervi, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University, San Marcos.
The town hall meeting is being sponsored by State Farm Insurance. The town hall meeting is part of the NAHJ Region 5 Conference being held at Texas State University. On Saturday, March 1, daylong workshops will be held to help journalists prepare and develop their careers for the future. Gilbert Bailón, president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, will deliver the keynote speech.
For more information, go to the NAHJ web site at

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