Aiming to increase Hispanic voter participation in the electoral process, The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) hosted its 2014 Political Hob Nob at the Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld this past Wednesday, July 30th.
A total of 45 national, state and local campaigns participated in last night’s event, highlighting the increasing importance of the Hispanic vote both locally and beyond. Nearly 400 attendees, composed mostly of HCCMO members as well as elected officials and community leaders, participated in this unique forum to connect with and learn about their local candidates. Candidates and their representatives interacted one-on-one with voters, also sharing their individual platforms during the traditional “Parade of Candidates.”
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs wowed attendees with her Spanish remarks, while former Governor Charlie Crist and running mate Annette Taddeo stole the show with their appearance as “The People’s Team”. Lieutenant Governor Carlos López-Cantera was scheduled to appear on behalf of the Rick Scott campaign but did not attend.
Attendees cast their vote in support of their preferred candidates and issues in a straw poll conducted by the office of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Although the results of the straw poll are not scientific, they reflect the voting tendencies of the Hispanic business community present at the event. 2014 Political Hob Nob Results for the results of 2014 HCCMO Political Hob Nob straw poll.
In a significant moment for HCCMO, President Diana Bolivar unveiled the Chamber’s first political resolution created by the newly formed Governmental Affairs Committee. The resolution, in support of comprehensive immigration reform, marks the first time in the Chamber's history it has endorsed a political issue.
"Hispanics in the I4 corridor are critical to deciding elections and forming policy,” said Bolivar. “It's time the Chamber take a role in engaging our members on issues that affect our community."
To read more on HCCMO’s immigration resolution HCCMO Comprehensive Immigration Resolution 07302014.
Ybeth Bruzual from Bright House News13 served as emcee of the event, with the presenting sponsors including Bright House Networks and Orlando Health. Reed Nissan and La Mezcla participated as corporate sponsors, UCF and Change 4 Kids sponsored the straw poll, and Florida Hospital served as the venue co-sponsor.
To obtain pictures related to this event, please visit the Hispanic Chamber facebook page facebook.com/hccmo.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For more information about the Hispanic Chamber, please visit www.hispanicchamber.net.