November 17, 2021
General News

How Boston Latinos got more engaged in city politics

That’s how she became the first Afro Latina on the City Council, a body that has seen little Latino representation through the years. Mejia and Ricardo Arroyo, who represents District 5, are currently the only Latino councilors in a city whose population growth has been fueled, in no small part, by Latinos. Yet with the Boston City Council expected to experience the most change it has seen in one election in almost three decades, with four of the five mayoral candidates coming from the council, Mejia is the only Latina in the September preliminary for the at-large contest. In the district races, aside from Arroyo, there are four other Latino candidates in this year’s momentous election.

During COVID-19, “the importance of having someone speaking up for and fighting for Latinos and their communities became super real and not theoretical,” said Ricardo Arroyo, a Boston City…

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