- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2015

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernard Sanders on Friday added a director of Latino outreach to his team, as his huge fundraising haul last quarter propels his campaign into a new phase to woo key voting blocs need to win the nomination.

Mr. Sanders tapped Arturo Carmona to be the Latino outreach director and Southwest political director for the campaign.

Mr. Carmona formerly served as the executive director of Presnte.org, a Los Angeles-based Latino advocacy group that has been sharply critical of President Obama’s immigration policies.

The Sanders campaign touted his background in civil rights and community organizing, saying he “represents a historic opportunity to address the most important issues impacting Latino families.”

Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent and avowed socialist, has attracted an enthusiastic following that mostly consists of middle-class, college-educated and younger voters.

The hire of Mr. Carmona shows that the Sanders campaign is begging to look for inroads with Hispanics and black voters that decide Democratic primary contests in some states.

“I am going to work hard to build a strong team that can connect Bernie’s campaign with Latino families. As the son of an immigrant, his story resembles that of millions of Latinos in the U.S.,” Mr. Carmona said in a statement released by the campaign.

The hire comes on the heels of a huge fund-raising score by Mr. Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination.

He raised $24 million in the quarter ending Sept. 30, nearly matching the $28 million raising by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who remains the odds-on favorite to win Democratic nomination but faces an increasingly strong challenge from Mr. Sanders.

The fundraising success for Mr. Sanders, which he accomplished entirely with small individual contributions, has allowed his campaign to begin expanding its planning beyond the first voting contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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