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Edwards: Latino voters to rally

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Latino and Hispanic voters supporting Barack Obama will hold a rally Wednesday night in Edwards.

The meeting will be a bilingual conversation about the fall election and a chance to learn about Obama’s policies, said organizer Cindy Goodwin.

“We’re going to talk about issues that support Latino voters and talk about why we support Obama,” Goodwin says.

For her, the main issues are immigration policies, health care, and tax breaks for the lower and middle class, she said.

“Right now there’s 12 million people here illegally, and I don’t think we’re going to deport that many people,” she said. “We also need to have more legal options. There aren’t enough visas, and so many people here say they can’t find workers.

“I have a lot more hope with Obama for fixing that than McCain.”

Goodwin has had personal experience dealing with immigration laws ” her husband, Carlos Armenta, was an undocumented immigrant. After months of not being sure if he would be deported or stay in the United States with his wife and two sons, he received a permanent visa and can apply for citizenship in a few years.

The rally and it’s supporters will also focus on more basic issues, such as getting people registered to vote and helping people who are eligible to vote through the process.

The Hispanic residents in the county are not particularly active in local or national politics, organizers admitted.

Many either are not eligible to vote, or can and do not know how, Goodwin said.

“For Latinos, if they want a candidate to pay more attention to them, it’s important to make their voices heard,” she said.

The meeting will be hosted by Debbie Marquez, member of the Colorado Latino Advisory Counsel and Democratic National Convention committeewoman.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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