07/25/2013 09:44 am ET

Boston's Hispanic Voters Wield New Clout In Mayoral Race


Top-tier mayoral candidates are slugging it out for the coveted Latino vote across the Hub — targeting neighborhood strongholds, hitting festivals, courting top activists — and hoping to siphon away support from community leaders rallying around Councilor Felix G. Arroyo’s bid to be the city’s first Hispanic mayor.

Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director of the statewide Latino political group Oiste, said the organization has unleashed an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign. While St. Guillen is backing Arroyo personally, Oiste is screening candidates and will make an endorsement next month.

“All the candidates would do well to reach out to the Latino community because it is a significant voting bloc,” St. Guillen said.
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