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Maria Santiago, Eddie Perez, Melinda Bridgeforth, Guy Ragland

"I know him a long time, he's a good person," says Maria Santiago (at left), 49, of Hartford about Mayor Eddie Perez. Santiago adds that she grew up with Perez in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Perez attended the grand opening of Whole 9 Clothing on Main Street in Hartford on Jan. 30. Outside the clothing store are (from right) Melinda Bridgeforth and Guy Ragland. PATRICK RAYCRAFT / HARTFORD COURANT