CHARLOTTE - Both Democrats and Republicans are targeting the fastest growing minority in North Carolina, Hispanics. Wednesday, members of the Democratic National Host Committee spoke to the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte about ways to get involved with the upcoming convention.
The luncheon comes just days after the Republican National Committee announced plans to expand Hispanic outreach in six battleground states, including North Carolina.
"Whether it's the Democratic or Republican party, it is important for them to engage this large number of newcomers into the workplace, into our communities and into voting," said Astrid Chirinos, the executive director of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce.
Census figures show the Hispanic population grew 111 percent in North Carolina from 2000-2010. The group now makes up more than 8 percent of the state's population.