Sanders campaign names Hispanic activist Iowa co-chair

Sanders campaign names Hispanic activist Iowa co-chair

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad 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-CortezThe Democratic demolition derby Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' 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 TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 BidenJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE.