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When Will Latino Political Influence Reflect Demographics?

Earlier this month, the Center for Houston’s Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University […]

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Earlier this month, the Center for Houston's Future presented a panel discussion exploring when Hispanic political influence will reflect demographic reality at the voting booth. Latinos represent the fastest-growing population here, and yet, their voter turnout is lower than other ethnic populations.

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen moderated the discussion with four panelists: Rice University Political Science Professor Bob Stein, Beatrice Garza, the President and CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, George Gonzalez, partner at the corporate law firm Haynes and Boone and past Chairman of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Sylvia Manzano, a Principal at the Latino political opinion research firm, Latino Decisions.

Today, we hear highlights from that discussion, recorded at the Junior League of Houston on June 3, 2015.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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