Tim Kaine returns to Austin today to embrace from Latino leaders



Democratic vice president nominee Tim Kaine will join a score of Latino elected officials from across Texas at a press conference this afternoon called to talk about their support for the Clinton-Kaine ticket and their fears that Donald Trump’s election would be a very bad thing for Hispanics and for immigrant communities in the United States.

The press conference at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, in Austin, will be at 2:30.

The Virginia senator, who is campaigning in Houston this morning, was originally scheduled to appear in Austin only at a closed-door fundraiser from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hotel Van Zandt, featuring a performance by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. But this morning, the Clinton-Kaine campaign added an appearance at the previously scheduled press conference to his itinerary.

Tickets to the fundraiser start at $500.

Among the Latino officials who will join Kaine at the event are Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa,, Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, state Sens. José Rodríguez, Carlos Uresti, Jose Menendez and Chuy Hinojosa, former Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, state Reps. Richard Peña Raymond, Celia Israel, Roberto Alonzo, Carol Alvarado, Rafael Anchia, Mary Gonzalez, Mando Martinez, Ina Minjarez, Eddie Rodriguez and Ramon Romero, Rep.-Elect Diana Arevalo, Dallas Councilmember Monica Alonzo, and Gina Hinojosa, the Democratic candidate for state representative from House District 49.

Kaine was last in Austin August 9, delivering a pep talk to Austin Democrats, raising money and stopping to talk to customers at Chapala Restaurant on East Cesar Chavez Street.


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