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Boston Minority Candidates Pave Path for Diversity

September 25, 2013

Boston's black and Latino voters reflected yesterday with hope and pride on a mayoral campaign they said has brought forward a new generation of minority superstars.

"This ushers in a new era for a new generation of demographics," said Michael A. Curry, president of NAACP Boston. "I think you can expect more candidates of color."

The candidates included Latino City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, as well as four black candidates: former School Committee member John F. Barros, radio station owner Charles L. Clemons Jr., former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie and City Councilor Charles C. Yancey.

"There's a strong group of candidates of color in this race, and some of these folks have some real firepower, so I'm sure we'll see them again," said Tito H. Jackson, a black member of the City Council who made no endorsement in the preliminary race.

Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director of the Latino advocacy group Oiste, said her organization registered about 5,000 Hispanics to vote in the mayoral election.

"The Latino vote could play a huge role in the election," she said. "It's a vote that is easily undercounted, whether it's because of language or cultural issues, or not being able to reach Latino voters."

At a polling center at East Boston High School Jeronimo Herrera, 57, a 25-year resident of East Boston who works as a housekeeper, said he voted for Arroyo.

"It's not even important if he wins," Herrera said in Spanish. "Just being on the ballot is a triumph. It shows we are advancing."


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Original headline: Minority candidates pave path for diverse future possibilities

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