Democratic National Convention Committee will have first latino keynote speaker
Updated: 07/31/2012 05:50 PM
By: Kate Gaier
CHARLOTTE -- The Democratic National Convention Committee announced speakers for the opening night of the convention. First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined by the conventions first Latino keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
The 37-year old will make history at the convention and said that he doesn't take his role lightly. Castro was raised in Texas by a single mother and has a twin brother who is also in politics.
"It's really a historic decision, he's the first Hispanic American to deliver keynote in this address,” said Director of Hispanic press with Obama for America, Gabriela Domenzain. “And really he was chosen because he shares the president's vision."
Some may argue selecting Castro was strategic. A poll from Elon University shows registration and turnout are on the rise for Latino voters. And their vote could make the difference in a close presidential race.
"North Carolina has one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation. Having said that, still pretty modest, about 8 percent of the population. When we talk about electorate probably about 2 percent, but it's growing," said Assistant Professor at Elon University, Kenneth Fernandez.
Fernandez said that both parties are keeping a close eye on the Latino population for voting purposes. While others look to Castro for inspiration.
Mayor Castro and Mrs. Obama will make their speeches on Tuesday, September 4th at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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