Jamaica Plain Puts Its Mark on Latino Gubernatorial Town Hall

From left at "A Conversation With the Next Governor," a Latino town hall sponsored by El Mundo Boston and Northeastern University: Alberto Vasallo III, moderator; Steve Lively (independent); Jeff McCormick (independent); Evan Falchuk (independent); Martha Coakley (Democrat); Charlie Baker (Republican); Sara Suarez, Entravisión; Yadires Nova Salcedo, WBZ and Marcela Garcia, Boston Globe. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

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From left at “A Conversation With the Next Governor,” a Latino town hall sponsored by El Mundo Boston and Northeastern University: Alberto Vasallo III, moderator; Steve Lively (independent); Jeff McCormick (independent); Evan Falchuk (independent); Martha Coakley (Democrat); Charlie Baker (Republican); Sara Suarez, Entravisión; Yadires Nova Salcedo, WBZ and Marcela Garcia, Boston Globe. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Jamaica Plain put its stamp on a major statewide political event as a crowd heard all five candidates for governor tackle the issues Latinos want to hear about before Tuesday’s election.

JP’s Pablo Calderón, president of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Assoc. and one of the core organizers of Friday’s event, introduced Gov. Deval Patrick, who accepted an award from JP-based El Mundo Boston. The media company co-sponsored the Latino Town Hall with Northeastern University. More than 350 people attended the event, which took place at Blackman Auditorium on that school’s campus.

“A Conversation With Our Next Governor” showcased all five candidates for governor, as opposed to many debates that have included only Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker. Friday’s “Latino Town Hall” included independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively.

Among the other JP personalities on hand were State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Jamaica Plain; State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Jamaica Plain, and Felix G. Arroyo, head of Health and Human Services for the city of Boston.

For a full report on Friday’s “Conversation With The Next Governor,” please see the forthcoming edition of El Mundo Boston.