A primary election in Boston will be held on September 24th in Boston to fill the office of mayor being vacated by Mayor Menino. Two mayoral candidates will emerge from a group of twelve based on highest vote totals.
One of those candidates will be elected the new Mayor of Boston on November 5, 2013. In District 4, four candidates, including my brother Divo, are campaigning for the council seat. John Barros, a Capeverdean/American also, will be running for the first time as well. Congratulations and best wishes to both. “A vote is like a riffle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user” – President Theodore Roosevelt. Let’s stick together for a common cause!
This election is a test of the melting pot in Boston. All ethnic and racial citizens of Boston will back the candidates of their choice. The two finalists will receive votes based on their respective service and performance in the private and public sectors. How well each candidate conveys their character and message, a composition that must address job creation, education reform and school safety, public housing, crime prevention, and outreach to the global economic markets will determine their success.
Let’s get out and vote! “A man without a vote is a man without protection.” President Lyndon Johnson.
According to an old saying “perception is reality.” It seems to me, that some of the candidates in the race haven’t engaged fully in the communities they wish to receive support from. That engagement would involve individuals concerned with the experiences and expectations of all Bostonians including the Capeverdean community. Let us go forward and elect one of these highly qualified Capeverdean/Americans. Let’s do it! In politics, win or lose, courage is crucial! According to Winston Churchill “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Your vote counts.
I’ll close with this quote from the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, who said “always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
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