/ Modified sep 18, 2020 3:55 p.m.

Key issues energizing the Latino vote in Southern Arizona

Tony Paniagua heard from first-time voters in this growing demographic.

As groups across Southern Arizona attempt to register more voters ahead of the election, Tony Paniagua reports on the drive to get more Latino residents to the polls. He spoke to some first-time voters in this growing demographic.

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Trujillo said this is an important opportunity because her parents moved to the Phoenix area from Mexico and Trujillo is the first of three sisters born in the United States.

Tucson artist Eduardo Lemus, 22, also plans to vote for the first time. Lemus could have voted in the 2016 presidential election but said he didn’t understand the process or importance of participating.

As the largest ethnic minority in the country, University of Arizona political scientist Lisa Sanchez said the growing Latino population is vital for both parties. While Sanchez said most Latinos register as Democrats, Paniagua also heard from Tucsonan Debe Campos, who is a registered Republican and attended a roundtable event in Phoenix that featured President Donald Trump and was hosted by the group Latinos for Trump.

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