Local Reaction to Judge Sotomayor's Nomination

By: Sarah Sager Email
By: Sarah Sager Email

Local Hispanic grocery store owners react Tuesday to President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a Supreme Court Justice.

When Obama announced Sotomayor's nomination as the next Supreme Court Justice, the reaction from some local Hispanics was positive.

Gabriella Sangabriel and her sister Leticia Martinez run Mi Mercadito, a grocery store located on South Main Street in Harrisonburg.

The nomination hits right at home for them. While Sotomayor is from Puerto Rico and Leticia is from Mexico, she says, "It doesn't matter. She's a woman, Hispanic. We are all Hispanics and stay together."

Leticia believes that Sotomayor's accomplishment is part of a heritage they share in common.

She says, "In Mexico, there is a saying which says 'Si se puede' which means we can do it. A lot of people use that to keep going to their goals. And that is one thing that I always say is 'Si se puede.'"

The grocery store and taco stand bring lots of local business but Leticia believes her dream is about more than business, it's the family.

She says,"My biggest dream is to have a family, to be united. Hope one day we can all be in one place together."

Her family may be in two different countries but they are all united behind Obama's nominee.

Gabriella says, "Every Hispanic is going to be happy. I hope she does the best."


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