Election Campaigns
1:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Villalba Says Republicans Need To Engage Latino Electorate To Keep Texas Red

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, stopped through San Antonio on a statewide speaking tour, hoping to make an impact with Latino voters that will help keep Republicans in the majority.

Villalba's message is that the Republican party faces a major challenge with its outreach and engagement of Latino voters.

"And I know people have heard that message over and over, and the sleeping giant of the Hispanic electorate has not has been one that has changed many Republican primary races," Villalba said. "But the time has come closer when we will see the sleeping giant awaken and it will make a tremendous difference in our ability to win elections if we cannot win the votes of our fellow Hispanics."

Along with Latinos, there has been a lot of attention paid to Texas women, especially concerning equal-pay laws. Villalba was hosted by the Alamo City Republican Women’s Club during his time in San Antonio.

"To me this is a regulation issue and to me this is an additional way to bring lawsuits against our businesses," Villalba said.

Villalba’s tour of Texas falls on the heels of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ launch of a Spanish-language campaign website and her effort to shed light on Republican officials' take on equal-pay for women.