Christine Marquez-Hudson (left), served as moderator for a panel discussion on the results of the study. On the table from left to right: Guillermo Vidal from the Denver Hispanic Chamber, Grace Lopez Ramirez from Mi Familia Vota, Olivia Mendoza from CLLARO, Mauricio Palacio from the Denver Latino Commission and Richard Garcia from the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition. (Mi Casa Resource Center.)
- Nov 27:
- DA wants recount of November election
- Nov 26:
- Más difícil que nuevo Congreso logre pactos en Estados Unidos
- Nov 16:
- Médico demócrata gana a republicano en California
- Justice official: Register voters automatically
- Nov 14:
- Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes
- Nov 12:
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- Nov 10:
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- Celebridades latinas festejan el triunfo de Obama
- Nov 9:
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- Nov 7:
- Pot votes in 2 states challenge U.S. drug war
- Tras reelección, Obama enfrenta tareas urgentes
- EEUU vota sobre bodas gay, marihuana e inmigración
- Hickenlooper reaching out to feds on Colorado marijuana legalization
- Colorado attorney general Suthers says he will respect marijuana measure
- Latinos nacidos en Commerce City llegan a la legislatura estatal
- Sondeo: Obama mantiene voto hispano
- Obama gana la reelección
- Colorado voters support Obama, recreational pot
- Nov 6:
- Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy
- Obama takes commanding lead
- Colorado measure legalizing marijuana passes
- Projection: Obama wins Colorado
- Tea party darling Cruz wins Texas' US Senate race
- Senado tiene tres latinos por primera vez
- Polis wins third term in the traditionally Democratic 2nd district
- A qué prestarle atención en el Día de las Elecciones en Colorado
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- Thousands of Colorado mail ballots rejected for signature issues
- What to watch for on Election Day in Colorado
- Nov 5:
- Obama leads; Romney with chance in electoral race
- Nov 1:
- Joe Miklosi: Vows to hold fast to his desire to 'serve the people'
- Mike Coffman: Aurora roots 'play to my strengths'
- Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues
- Oct 31:
- Hispanos desencantados con los republicanos
- Volunteers a personal touch to campaigns
- Oct 25:
- Eliseo Medina: Latinos we need to turn out to vote
- Oct 24:
- Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support
- Oct 19:
- Obama y Romney pasan a las risas en la cena
- Oct 17:
- Healthcare law still a divisive matter
- Oct 15:
- Craig Romney: Debemos ganar respeto de hispanos
- Oct 11:
- Why it matters: Immigration
- Inmigración: Punto importante en campaña presidencial
- Oct 10:
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Obama looks to regroup Romney appears confident
- Oct 5:
- Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost
- Romney se mueve hacia el centro
- Oct 4:
- Social media renders rapid judgment on debate
- Oct 3:
- Mitt Romney comes on strong against President Obama in University of Denver Debate
- Sep 28:
- Obama habla de empleo y Romney de seguridad
- Colorado GOP fires voter registration firm after fraud allegations
- Sep 25:
- El campus de la Universidad de Denver se prepara para el primer debate presidencial
- Sep 24:
- Republicans look for voter fraud, find little
- Republicanos buscan fraude electoral; hallan poco
- Romney intenta pasar página después de dura semana
- Romney refocuses on the economy at Jefferson County rally
- Sep 21:
- Obama: Medicare y Seguro Social no son "dádivas"
- Ramos decidido a "desenmascarar" a candidatos
- Romney plans Pueblo rally Monday after Jefferson County on Sunday
- Sep 20:
- Romney dice que no ordenará redadas de inmigrantes
- Foro hispano centra campaña electoral en EEUU
- Obama: Mayor fracaso, falta de reforma migratoria
- Sep 17:
- Romney y Obama intensifican contienda electoral
- Mitt Romney secret video: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'
- Sep 16:
- Pueblo airport plane crash cancels Romney rally, Obama event
- Sep 14:
- Obama tied with Romney in Colorado in Denver Post poll
- Biden: Hispanos serán principal fuerza política
- Sep 12:
- In Golden, Obama vows "no act of terror will go unpunished"
- Obama addresses terror attack to fight for middle class in Jefferson County
- Sep 11:
- NCLR registra a miles de votantes hispanos en Colorado
- Aug 30:
- Obama-Biden 35 puntos sobre Romney-Ryan
- Aug 29:
- President Obama to hold campaign event in Boulder
- CU analysis: Romney wins presidency because of economy
- 88% of challenged Colorado voters are U.S. citizens, check shows
- Hispanos, una gran fuerza sin voz en el gobierno
- Hispanic voters projected to make up 8% of Colorado electorate
A recent study revealed the issue Latinos in Colorado care about the most this election season is education, specifically access to high-quality PK-12 education.
The study, which was carried out by Mi Casa Resource Center and Colorado Latino Leadership, Research & Advocacy Organization (CLLARO), surveyed 582 people who identified themselves as either Latino or Hispanic.
Christine Marquez-Hudson, executive director of Mi Casa Resource Center, said they decided to do the study because Denver's presidential debate would create the perfect timing for Latino's voices to be heard.
"We wanted to make sure that the voice of those Latinos was heard as part of this debate," she said.
"People are saying that Latinos may decide the outcome of this state's elections, but people are making a lot of assumptions about what Colorado Latinos care about."
Olivia Mendoza, executive director for CLLARO, said organizations like hers had the responsibility to serve the community as well as be conduits to voice the true concerns of Colorado Latinos .
"There is a lot of surveys and a lot of data out there, but it doesn't come from the Colorado-based Latino organizations," she said.
Mendoza said they were not surprised by the results of the study even though, against what most would assume, the economy and jobs came in second, followed by healthcare and in fourth place immigration.
Respondents were mostly third generation Latinos, about 51 percent, meaning immigration may not affect them directly.
"I think that (immigration) is often used as a source to separate the Latino community of issues that we care about of larger dialogue," Mendoza said. "At the end of the day those of us who work and live in this community know that there are three things that we will always need: jobs, health care and education."
The issue of least concern was social support, such as social security and Medicare.
Of the respondents 71 percent identified as Democrats and an overwhelming 91 percent were registered voters.
In the case of the economy, respondents said their top priority was to have more available training and assistance to the unemployed. In the case of health care most agreed in preserving the Affordable Health
Care Act and others said it should be preserved but with some kind of reform.
The survey offered the opportunity for participants to write down a question they would like the candidates to answer. This section revealed the participants' frustration with the lack of specificity in the election and a particular worry for the political gridlock in Washington.
"I really felt a sense of frustration from the respondents saying 'We don't want propaganda, we don't want this to be about an election, can you give me specifics about what would you do?'" Mendoza said.
One of the question suggested said: "Do you think it's possible to change the current polarization of politics and pursue bipartisan policies to achieve results that will benefit the majority? Are you willing to govern to this end, even if at a cost to your political career?"
Both Mendoza and Marquez-Hudson said they look forward to continuing using the study to raise awareness about the concerns of Latinos and to determine how their own organizations can provide better services.