There's another player in Colorado politics this season, as the Progressive Turnout Project announced Tuesday that Johnny Acevedo will be its Latinx outreach director "with a keen focus on turning out inconsistent Democratic voters" in Colorado, Arizona and Florida.
“In order to be successful in 2020, Democrats have to go to these underserved communities early and often,” Acevedo said in a statement. “Latinos are too often pandered to and ignored until it’s time to cast a vote. But our mission at Progressive Turnout Project is to amplify their voices and help them take action next November. It’s not just about getting Latinos to vote, it’s about recognizing the integral role they have to play in government and the future of our country.”
The Progressive Turnout Project said it would roll out its data-driven voter turnout program in 11 regions across the country next month. The organization said that last year it helped drive victories in 15 out of 18 congressional districts improved Democratic voter turnout by 10.4%.
“Now, more than ever, it’s important Democrats re-engage Latinx voters left alienated by a political process that has taken them for granted,“ stated Alex Morgan, the organization's executive director. “This election could come down to just a handful of votes in a few states where the Latinx voting population continues to grow, and we’re confident that Johnny will help Democrats connect with those communities needed to win at the national, state, and local level in 2020.”
Acevedo, originally from Venezuela, served as the Spanish Media and Communications Director for Bill White’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign in Texas, where he led the campaign’s Spanish-language communications operations and outreach to the Latinx community. He’s also worked for Kids In Need of Defense, advocating for unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle and working to secure them pro-bono legal representation.