As reported last week, Rev. Erick Salgado, a church pastor and self-described "conservative Democrat," has entered the crowded field seeking the Democratic party's nomination for mayor. In an interview with the Staten Island Advance, Mr. Slagado touted his Latino culture and coalition he believes he has assembled as a unique choice in this mayoral race.
"We need to concentrate and make sure that all the different communities get the representation they deserve in City Hall," Rev. Salgado told the Advance Friday. "We cannot define New York City as a melting pot anymore -- we have to understand it is a collection of different communities with different cultures."
"In an already crowded primary field," Jillian Jorgensen writes, "Rev. Salgado's name will be unfamiliar to many voters. On the other hand, Rev. Salgado is accessible: On a phone call to the number posted on his campaign website, www.salgadonyc.com, the candidate himself answered."
In the interview with The Advance, Mr. Slagado cried foul that the mainstream media has kept him out of forums and debates. "I believe it's discriminatory, being that I'm the only Latino that's running in the primary," he said. " I believe I should get the chance to send the message."
"Our chances are real good, having more than 1 million Latino registered Democrats --if we are able to send our message across," he said. "With the coalition we are building, we're gonna be successful."