November 10, 2005

EMBRACIVENESS IS US (via Rick Turley):

Latino voters key to incumbent's victory (Russell Contreras and Alexander Reid, November 10, 2005, Boston Globe)

As supporters chanted ''four more years," the entourage surrounding Mayor Michael J. Sullivan and celebrating his victory over Marcos Devers included a sizable number of Latinos who mixed in various Spanish shouts.

In this city of 72,000 where about half of the registered voters are Latino, Sullivan, a Republican, easily defeated the Dominican-born Devers, a Democrat seeking to become the first elected Latino mayor in Massachusetts. Sullivan's 61 percent to 39 percent victory Tuesday came with the help of a significant number of Latino voters. [...]

''There's been a long history in this city of excluding," Laboy said. ''For the first time, we find a mayor who has been embracive, has included the Latino community, has empowered the Latino community."

Since taking office four years ago, Sullivan has hired Latinos for several key positions in his administration. At public appearances, he often brings a Spanish translator. During the campaign, he advertised in Spanish-language newspapers, focusing on how education, neighborhoods, and safety had improved during his tenure.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2005 6:50 PM
Comments

"Sullivan has hired Latinos for several key positions in his administration. At public appearances, he often brings a Spanish translator. During the campaign, he advertised in Spanish-language newspapers"

I think you meant "Multiculturalism is us".

Posted by: carter at November 10, 2005 9:46 PM

Same culture, different language.

Posted by: oj at November 10, 2005 9:49 PM

Since language is such an incidental part of culture.

Posted by: carter at November 10, 2005 10:14 PM

Language is incidental to the culture.

Posted by: oj at November 11, 2005 8:16 AM
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