Keith's Strategy

  • Commit to a full-time constituency staff-person for the Hispanic Caucus, and to having at least one person in each DNC Department who is fluent in Spanish. 
     
  • Make sure that the entire DNC staff represents the diversity of America, with an intentional hiring process that creates a diverse applicant pool and candidate selection. 
     
  • Foster relationships with Latino-owned businesses and ensure they have access to DNC supply opportunities.
     
  • Hire a Latino pollster who can help guide the DNC’s outreach to the Hispanic community, as well as conduct regular messaging meetings with National and regional Hispanic stakeholders.
     
  • Ensure the creation of a database of Hispanic Democratic officials and engage them regularly, and promote Hispanic Democratic candidates in partnership with other party campaign arms.
     
  • Ensure the creation of a database of Latino organizations that focus not just on immigration reform, but also on climate change, universal healthcare, and other issues of importance to the Latino community, and engage them regularly. 
     
  • Create DNC-sponsored candidate training programs to win local races, and make sure that Hispanic candidates are ready to run for office across the country. In the process, the DNC should engage with Hispanic business leaders, operatives, and all others who want to build our party’s bench. 
     
  • Prioritize adding young Latinos to the Democratic National Committee and create a pipeline for people from across the Latino spectrum to better engage at all levels of the party. In addition, create and promote opportunities for Latino youth to serve at local campaign efforts.
     
  • Reach out to Latino veterans – from those who have served in World War II to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan recently – and make sure that we’re addressing their concerns and fighting on their behalf.
     
  • Increase in-language voting assistance and outreach. We must restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that the protections that still exist, including voter assistance and the provision of bilingual voting materials in required jurisdictions, are enforced. 
     
  • Visit states with large Hispanic populations, like California, Florida, and Texas, but also states that have the fastest growing Hispanic populations, like South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.
     
  • Ensure increased presence and/or participation by the DNC at key Latino community and leadership gatherings around the country and territories. 
     
  • Speak up any time that the Latino community is disproportionately affected by a piece of legislation or an executive action of the President.