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Latino leaders to endorse Pugh for Baltimore mayor

Latino business, civic and religious leaders plan to endorse state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh for mayor of Baltimore Saturday afternoon. 

Those endorsing Pugh, among others, include Enrique Ribadeneira, owner of The Latin Palace, Baltimore lawyer Gilberto de Jesus, and Prince George's County Sen. Victor R. Ramirez, author of the Dream Act, which granted in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. 

"They know her to be a public servant who values and celebrates diversity and has a strong history of supporting the Latino community," states a news release from the Pugh campaign. 

Latinos make up about 4 percent of Baltimore's population. 

The endorsement event takes place at The Latin Palace at 509 S. Broadway at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Twenty-nine candidates, including 13 Democrats, have filed to run for mayor of Baltimore. Pugh has been polling in second among those candidates, behind former Mayor Sheila Dixon. Current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is not seeking re-election.

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