On Monday, local Republicans plan to try to convince Latinos from around San Joaquin County to form a new chapter of the California Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
Organizers say the main goal of the meeting is to educate Latinos about the Republican Party. Latinos tend to register and vote for Democratic candidates, said Frank Aquila, president of the South San Joaquin Republicans.
“Many immigrant Hispanics are just told that the Democratic Party is best for them, but I believe it takes two generations to know where you stand, politically,” he said.
In San Joaquin County, Republicans are trying to extend their reach by starting groups such as the Young Republican Foundation and the Black Republican Council, set to begin this fall.
Chairman of the California Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Jim Lopez, will deliver a keynote speech. He said he will address philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans and highlight the contributions Latinos provide to this country.
“I just want to get the message out,” Lopez said. “You have to educate yourself politically and find which party represents you best.”