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‘We want to be counted’: Latino residents to be influential in election

Unions heavily involved in politics have also been advocating for the Latino community’s concerns.

For the 2020 election, canvassers with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 knocked on about 650,000 doors across Nevada, according to the 60,000-member organization with 54 percent Latinos among its ranks. Organizers are on track to visit a million homes this cycle to try to counter the gains the minority party typically sees during midterm elections, said Ted Pappageorge, the secretary-treasurer of the union.

Much like the general electorate, the Latino bloc is “quite concerned” about the economy: inflation, gas prices, and increased rents, he said.

“Do they really think Republicans are going to take on corporate landlords? No, of course not,” Pappageorge said. “Do you think they’re really going to take on the oil companies, the price of gas? No.”

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