NALEO Urges California Democratic Candidates to Serve Latinos

The Democratic candidates who will seek tomorrow Tuesday to reach the mayor of Los Angeles (California) should intensify their efforts to reach the Hispanic community, said today the Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

Arturo Vargas, president of NALEO, stressed on Monday that a recent poll by the organization shows that “40% of the Latino electorate was still undecided about who they should support.”

Twelve participants have qualified for their names to appear on tomorrow’s ballot that seeks candidates to replace Democrat Eric Garcetti, as well as candidates for the municipal prosecutor and comptroller, and eight of the fifteen council members.

Tomorrow’s elections are part of the California primaries, in which California Democrats seek next November to win seats from Republican congressmen Young Kim, David Valadao, Mike García, Michelle Steel and Ken Calvert, among other federal positions and state.

NALEO urged Democratic politicians to pay more attention to the issues that most concern Latino voters in a letter sent to four candidates leading the polls for Mayor of Los Angeles: Karen Bass, Rick Caruso, Kevin de León and Mel Wilson .

The poll, conducted between April 20 and May 3, found that the top three issues of greatest concern to Latino voters are homelessness (38%), inflation (34%) and crime (28%). %).

“The Latino community will play a greater role in the future of the city and it is of the utmost importance that the candidates connect with Latino voters and address their needs, concerns and priorities,” said Vargas.

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The 2020 Census showed that more than 1.8 million Latinos live in the city of Los Angeles and are 47% of the total population of that city. Latinos make up 35% of registered voters.

On the dates of the survey, 17% of the Latino voters consulted favored Councilman De León, 15% supported millionaire Caruso, 9% legislator Bass, and 6% supported Councilman Buscaino, who, he has since dropped out of the campaign.


According to NALEO, at the state level, more than 3.2 million Latinos could vote in California in the elections in which a third of the seats in the Senate and all the seats in the United States House of Representatives will be contested.

This is a 90.5% increase in Latino voter turnout since the 2014 election, according to NALEO.

The California senatorial delegation is made up of Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Álex Padilla, the latter appointed by Governor Gavin Newson in January 2021, to fill the seat vacated by Kamala Harris when she became vice president of the country.

According to NALEO, Padilla, who is campaigning for his election for the first time, “have excellent prospects for victory in the primary and general election.”

“The California primary includes several competitive elections at the state and federal levels that will lay the groundwork for contests the country will be watching closely in November,” Vargas said.

One that is almost defined is that of Newsom, who will seek re-election after being victorious in the impeachment attempt in September.

According to NALEO, Latinos make up nearly a third of California’s voting-age citizens.

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“They have the potential to continue to determine the outcome of races throughout California.”

According to NALEO calculations, Latinos this year will make up 25.3% of the voters who will turn out for elections this year in California, an increase of 32.5% over turnout in the 2014 elections.

Between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, the Latino population in California grew from 14 million to 15.6 million people, an increase of 11.2% that accounted for 68.6% of the increase in the population in that state.

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