On Tuesday, voters in Holyoke will make some important decisions when they head to the polls on Election Day. There is a robust and impressive field of candidates locked in 14 races for seats on the City Council and School Committee.
But no elected office carries more weight or will have more of an impact on the city’s immediate future than that of mayor.
The son of a single mother who moved to Holyoke from Puerto Rico, Garcia grew up in South Holyoke and attended the city’s public schools, where his children attend today. In a recent editorial board meeting with the Gazette, he described himself as “a Holyoker with an experience that is Puerto Rican,” who seeks to “help lift and motivate” the city’s majority Hispanic population. We believe the time has arrived for the city to elect its first Hispanic mayor and encourage city residents to vote for Garcia on Nov. 2.