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Iowa Leaders Discuss Biden's Latino Agenda

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U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-AZ, spoke at the roundtable for Joe Biden's recently released Latino agenda. "What happens to the Latino community will affect the rest of this country for time to come," Gallego said. The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States and the largest minority community in Iowa.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released his agenda for the Latino community this week. Some of Iowa’s top Latino leaders gathered virtually to discuss how his plans will affect Hispanic people in the state.

According to some Latino leaders in Iowa, Biden’s agenda for the Latino community focuses on regaining much of what was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as economic stability and effective healthcare.

Rob Barron, founder of the Latino Political Network of Iowa, moderated a roundtable discussion about Biden's agenda for the Latino community. He said Latinos could play an important role in the November election.

“I believe as much as ever, with the growth in our community, our youth and our political engagement, that our Latinx community is the key to winning Iowa,” Barron said.

Sara Huddleston also joined the discussion from Storm Lake. Huddleston formerly served on the Storm Lake City Council and is running to be a state representative.

Huddleston said Latino people face barriers to voting due to language differences and access to education. She said Iowans also need to address voter apathy.

“We need to get the Latino community, Latino voters, to get out and vote. And that's a lot of work," Huddleston said.

Lilián Sánchez joined the roundtable as the Latino Hall of Fame Latinx Youth Leadership Award recipient as well as U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-AZ.

Kassidy was a reporter based in Des Moines