SAN ANTONIO – The Republican National Committee is working to attract more Hispanic voters and has established a new Hispanic community center in the city’s southeast.
“The Hispanic community represents the same values the Republican Party stands for, smaller government, lower taxes,” said John Austin, Chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party.
Connecting with local constituents is the raison d’être of the new RNC Hispanic Community Center on Pecan Valley Drive. This is where Republican leaders will register voters and host movie nights, church nights, and street walks.
“It’s the feast of freedom and opportunity, and most Hispanics have come to this country fleeing the socialist ideas we had in our countries,” said Jaime Florez, Hispanic communications director for RNC.
It is the third RNC Hispanic community center in South Texas. The others are at Laredo and McAllen.
“This is the first time that a Republican has been elected mayor of McAllen. Its very important for us. This is one of the reasons we opened a community center like this in McAllen and another in Laredo, ”said Florez.
Jon Taylor, professor of political science at UTSA, said the Hispanic vote is incredibly important.
“As of 2014, the county of Bexar is most certainly democratic in tendency. So this is a Republican attempt, and not just to try to attract Hispanic voters, but a larger issue, which is at least to suppress Democratic gains and expansion not just in San Antonio. and in Bexar County, but in South Texas, ”Taylor said.
Taylor said one center is not enough.
“You have to have voter education. You have to reach the right voters, ”Taylor said.
Monday marks the first day of early voting for the November 2 constitutional amendment election.
Voters will decide on eight state constitutional amendments that will represent Texas House District 118.
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