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Florida congressman endorses Romero for SJ mayor

By John McPhaul


U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) on Sunday endorsed New Progressive Party (NPP) candidate Miguel Romero for mayor of San Juan in a political advertisement on social networks.

Soto, who is of Puerto Rican heritage and has represented Florida’s 9th District since 2017, hosted Romero, a member of the Puerto Rico Senate, in Washington to identify more funds to benefit San Juan communities. He attributed his endorsement to the leadership and commitment Romero has demonstrated to his constituents.

“This endorsement translates into recognition of the work we have done on behalf of the San Juan people,” Romero said. “From the Senate, I have dedicated myself to ensuring the well being and development of the communities I represent and Congressman Soto is a witness to this delivery. I appreciate every show of support I receive and I reiterate my commitment to the Capital City.”

Two weeks before the general elections, Romero said his priorities are based on rescuing San Juan from the neglect and deterioration that it has undergone for the past eight years.

“Unfortunately, the city is destroyed and with countless problems that put the safety and well being of citizens at risk,” he said. “As I have mentioned on several occasions, once I am sworn in as the new mayor of San Juan, my efforts will be directed at conducting massive cleanup operations to bring the Capital up to date.”

He said that parallel to those operations, “we will be doing other work aimed at restoring the city with lighting projects, sidewalk repairs, storm pipes and efforts to reactivate the economy, among others.”

“We are convinced that the communities yearn for a leader who watches over the interests of all without distinction of parties,” Romero said. “In me they will have a mayor who will ensure the well being, security, economic development and administration of the municipality without improvisation and without the political protagonists that have done so much damage to us.”

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