Latino Vote Could Sway Mayor's Race
Latino vote could sway mayor's racePhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Take a stroll down 24th Street in the heart of South Omaha, campaign signs are slim to none. Although political support isn't as visible here, the latino vote could shake up Omaha's race to the mayor's office.
"It certainly could and they can," said Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, a political science professor at UNO. Alvarado says if the mayor's race is tight next month, getting every latino vote could mean the difference between winning and losing.
"If latinos turn out to vote they will have a say in the results of the mayor's race," said Alvarado. A few organizations in South Omaha are making sure latino voters know about the race. Sergio Sosa heads up the Heartland Workers Center. They'll knock on doors and make about five thousand phones calls. "It is because they don't know how the political system works," said Sosa. "They don't know how to vote or where to vote."
Yet the numbers for the presidential election were staggering with thousands of voters turning out from the South Omaha district. Sosa believes the latino vote could be crucial next month. Sosa hopes every nationality in South Omaha realizes what difference one vote could make. "We are living in the same South Omaha," said Sosa. "We are living in the same community and each vote will count to improve the conditions of the community here."