WBUR: Can Hispanic vote carry Santiago into the corner office in November?



“Sandra Aleman-Nijjar, with the group Stand Up For Eastie, was among those at the event in East Boston. She said she’s impressed with Santiago’s resume as a state representative, doctor and Army reserve captain, and would like to see him become the city’s first Latino Mayor.

“As a Latina woman, I would be very proud of him — very proud of him [for] accomplishing that,” she said.

Adrian Velazquez, a real estate attorney in East Boston, who also showed up at the event, said he’s supporting Santiago not only because he’s Latino — but because he understands the needs of people in communities like his.”