The Boulder County Democratic Party has contracted with two Longmont residents to direct the party’s outreach to the county’s Latino community.
County Democratic Party officials announced in a news release that the two, immigration activists and community organizers Sonia Marquez and Angel Sanchez, will also advise the party on cultural competency and to audit party operations.
“Boulder County has some of the highest voter turnout in the country, but our party has not done a good job engaging with (the) Latino community in Boulder County,” said Katie Malzbender, Boulder County Democrats’ vice chair.
Marquez and Sanchez have worked for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Northern Colorado Dreamers United, El Comite de Longmont, Longmont Area Democrats, Democracia USA and Reform Immigration for America.
“Through our combined experience in organizing, we have had the opportunity to engage our communities of color, specifically the Latinx Community in various capacities. We’re looking forward to a new way to inform, engage and empower our community through the Boulder County Democratic Party,” Marquez and Sanchez said in a joint statement.
Boulder County Democratic Party chair Raffi Mercuri said, “Sonia and Angel bring an incredible wealth of experience and expertise as well as strong ties with the entire Boulder County community. We’re truly lucky to have the opportunity to work with them and learn from them.”
County Democrats’ spokeswoman Liz Marasco said on Thursday that Marquez and Sanchez will be paid $3,000 a month for their community outreach and engagement efforts. Party officials said it will be the first-such long-term use of paid contractors in the party’s history.