Mayors Bring Nelson More Support from Puerto Rican Community
Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez on Sunday announced his endorsement of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
And also Sunday the Nelson campaign rolled out on Facebook an endorsement by Maria “Mayita” Meléndez, who is the mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico, the most populated city on the island outside of the San Juan area.
The endorsements by Meléndez and Alvarez, who is mayor of a city with one of Florida’s largest Puerto Rican communities, are the latest in a series of statements of support from leaders in that community for Nelson’s re-election.
Alvarez, who was born in Havana, Cuba, said Nelson’s “the best choice not only for the people of Kissimmee and our city’s Puerto Rican community, but for all Floridians.”
In a brief video message from Puerto Rico, Meléndez encouraged voters to support Nelson because of his experience.
Those joining Mayor Alvarez in Kissimmee on Sunday to support Senator Nelson include Congressman Darren Soto, state Senator Victor Torres, state Rep. John Cortes, Osceola County Commissioners Viviana Janer and Cheryl Grieb, Kissimmee Mayor Pro Tem Jim Fisher and City Commissioner Angela Eady. They talked about Nelson’s protection of Medicare and the environment, and his ardent support for the Puerto Rican community, both before and after Hurricane Maria.
Nelson has also been endorsed by two former governors of Puerto Rico, Pedro Rosselló and Alejandro García Padilla. Florida’s senior U.S. Senator additionally has been endorsed by the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Carmen Yulín Cruz, and former Puerto Rican Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock.