Sanders campaign names Hispanic activist Iowa co-chair

Sanders campaign names Hispanic activist Iowa co-chair

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE's (I-Vt.) White House campaign on Thursday named activist Nick Salazar its Iowa state co-chairman as it works to gin up support among Hispanics.

The campaign said in a statement that Salazar, the Iowa state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will join Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (D-N.Y.) at a rally in Coralville on Saturday. 

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“I personally endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders because he represents the best opportunity for America to truly transform itself into the nation that it can and should be,” Salazar said.

“To win Iowa and build a movement we are bringing together a diverse group of leaders, along with millions of people, who are prepared to fight for justice, and I am ready to be a part of that fight as campaign co-chair here in Iowa.”

Salazar joins Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker as one of the Sanders campaign’s Iowa campaign co-chairs.

He was unanimously elected in May as LULAC Iowa’s state director, becoming the youngest person to ever serve in that role.

The Sanders campaign has put a premium on boosting its appeal to Hispanic voters, a key Democratic constituency. It unveiled a sweeping immigration plan Thursday that, among other things, would undo all of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's executive actions on immigration and put a moratorium on deportations and raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

“They’re enormously important,” Sanders told Politico last month. “We are seeing the Latino population growing very significantly. We’re seeing young people getting involved in the political process in a very important way. The challenge that we face is that, historically, voter turnout in the Latino community is not very high. So we are doing everything we can in a variety of ways to organize.” 

Iowa holds the first statewide vote in the primary cycle. Polls show Sanders consistently in the top tier in the state’s caucus, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Sanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll MORE.