Media Advisory

UnidosUS to Launch Voter Registration Canvassing Efforts in Key State of Florida; Bolster Voter Engagement Programs

May 9, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla.—On Tuesday, May 15, local community leaders and elected officials will join UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía at Ana G. Mendez University in Orlando to formerly announce the launch of UnidosUS’s Power of 18 community voter registration canvassing program. The voter registration effort joins ongoing UnidosUS outreach campaigns under the umbrella of Power of 18, including the organization’s High School Democracy Project, Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) and online digital platforms like the Power of 18 website or the Become a Voter tool that are aimed at engaging young voters.

Canvassing efforts will be focused in Central and South Florida, regions with growing eligible Latino voting populations within a key electoral state, including newly relocated Puerto Ricans citizens who have moved to Florida since Hurricane Maria hit the island last September.

Joining Murguía will be Dr. Carlos Lopez, Campus Director of Ana G. Mendez University, State Representatives Amy Mercado (District 48) and Rene Plasencia (District 49), Marucci Guzman, Executive Director of Latino Leadership and representatives from Colonial High School’s Latinos in Action student group. Members of the UnidosUS canvassing team will also be on hand.

Reporters are encouraged to attend. Pre- and post-event interviews may be arranged. The press conference is also a great photo opportunity. Interested media should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at or (305) 215-4259.


WHAT: UnidosUS Power of 18 Canvassing Launch
WHEN:Tuesday, May 15, 2018 
11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Ana G. Mendez University 
5601 S Semoran Blvd
Orlando, FL 32822
WHO: Janet Murguia, President and CEO, UnidosUS
Rep. Amy Mercado, Florida District 48
Rep. Rene Plasencia, Florida District 49 
Dr. Carlos Lopez, Campus Director, Ana G. Mendez University
Marucci Guzman, Executive Director, Latino Leadership 
Student Representatives, Latinos in Action, Colonial High School

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.