César Chávez's granddaughter joins Biden campaign for Latino outreach

César Chávez's granddaughter joins Biden campaign for Latino outreach
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE’s campaign has hired Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of late labor leader César Chávez, as a senior adviser focused on Latino outreach.

Chávez Rodriguez served as a special assistant to former President Obama, managing outreach to Latino and LGBT groups. She most recently served as California state director for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE’s (D-Calif.) presidential campaign.

Chávez Rodriguez will work with Cristóbal Alex, the former president of the Latino Victory Fund who manages Latino voter issues for the Biden campaign.


Some Democrats have been worried about Biden’s softer than expected support among Latinos, who voted heavily in favor of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE (I-Vt.) during the Democratic primary.

A Latino Decisions poll released last month found that 59 percent of registered Latino voters said they would vote for Biden. That’s far more than the 17 percent who said they would vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE, but is a historically low number for the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.

In addition to Chávez Rodriguez, the Biden campaign has been ramping up other hiring efforts in recent weeks as Democrats have raised concerns that they’ll be outmanned by Trump’s massive campaign.

Over the past week, the Biden campaign has beefed up its digital team and added several senior staff members to work under chief operating officer Manu Varghese. The Biden campaign says it will have 600 staffers on the ground in battleground states by June.