Coachella Mayor, Steven Hernandez, spoke at the 33rd annual National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), on the topic of gun violence.
The event is to be held in Washington D.C. from June 23-25. The NALEO conference is a place for Latino policymakers to discuss ongoing challenges within their communities and the nation.
The conference has invited the presidential candidates, making this an important campaigning opportunity considering the Latino electorate is expected to play a major role in the outcome of the 2016 Election.
"With more than 13.1 million Latinos expected to cast ballots this November, the road to the White House will run through the Latino community in 2016," said Arturo Vargas, NALEO Executive Director. "Given the size of the Latino electorate nationwide and in key battleground states, it is vital that individuals vying for the nation’s highest office engage the Latino community on the issues that matter most."
The three day event is expecting more than 1,000 Latino elected officials and national leaders at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions on important issues on the national agenda.
Three U.S. ambassadors will also take part in a plenary on Friday, June 24.