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Biden turns to granddaughter of Cesar Chavez to help with Latino outreach

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Posted at 5:43 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 08:43:53-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden's presidential campaign is bringing on the granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez as a senior adviser to help with Latino outreach and building out its state operations.

The Biden campaign has drawn criticism from some Latino leaders who say it's not doing enough to reach out to the key demographic group.

The new adviser, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, worked as co-national political director on California Sen. Kamala Harris's presidential campaign and before that as Harris's California state director.

Chavez Rodriguez also served in the Obama administration, overseeing the White House's engagement with leaders of LGBT, Latino and other constituencies.