The politically active actress Eva Longoria is getting involved in the Nevada Senate race by encouraging young Hispanic women to turn out for the state’s former attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto.
“I believe young Latinas should see their faces reflected back when they look at those in elected office. I also believe America needs more women leaders,” Longoria wrote in an op-ed for Univision, announcing her endorsement of the Democratic Senate nominee.
“In this election, we have a historic opportunity to make history not once, but twice,” she wrote.
Longoria added that Cortez Masto is running for “communities of color and women who have been viciously attacked by congressional Republicans and Donald Trump.”
The op-ed was published in both English and Spanish.
Earlier this month, the actress campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. In July, she was part of the A-List crowd who came out for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Following the 2012 election, Longoria became a co-chairwoman of President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee. She was also a co-chairwoman of his re-election campaign.
In 2014, she endorsed spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman in California’s 33rd District. That contest was eventually won by Democrat Ted Lieu.
While Longoria’s star power comes from her past roles on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” she has several ventures of her own, including The Eva Longoria Foundation, which aims to close gaps in education and end poverty in the Latino community.