Sonia Marquez and Angel Sanchez are joining the staff of the Boulder County Democratic Party as the organization's Latinx outreach directors.
"In this role, they’ll lead community outreach efforts, advise the party on cultural competency and audit party operations," the county party said in its announcement.
Marquez and Sanchez have a decade of experience working on political and quality-of-life issues for the state's Latinx and immigrant communities, including as community organizers for such organizations as the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Northern Colorado Dreamers United, El Comité de Longmont, the Longmont Area Democrats, Democracia USA, and Reform Immigration For America
“Boulder County has some of the highest voter turnout in the country, but our party has not done a good job engaging with Latino community in Boulder County,” Katie Malzbender, vice chair of the Boulder County Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Over the last year, the party has increasingly put resources into Spanish translation and interpretation, but we know that to really make meaningful progress and transform our party at every level, we need to put our money where our mouth is and invest in our community in a meaningful way.”
The duo both live in Longmont. Marquez was born and raised there, while Sanchez is originally from Tucson, Ariz.
“Through our combined experience in organizing, we have had the opportunity to engage our communities of color, specifically the Latinx community in various capacities. We’re looking forward to a new way to inform, engage, and empower our community, through the Boulder County Democratic Party,” they said in a joint statement. “The existing party infrastructure will provide us the ability to expand our scope and capacity, with a wealth of resources and support, in order to have a meaningful impact in further developing the relationship between the Latinx community and the BCDP. We look forward to this opportunity to engage our communities.”
The county party said the contract for the duo's services is paid for mostly through small-dollar donors.
“When we proposed this contract to our executive committee, it was important to us that the position be funded mostly by small donations of under $200,” stated Raffi Mercuri, the county part chair. “Sonia and Angel bring an incredible wealth of experience and expertise as well as strong ties with the entire Boulder County community. We’re truly lucky to have the opportunity to work with and learn from them.”