The Caribbean American Political Action Committee, a community group that has weighed in on some local elections in the past, today announced it is endorsing city councilor John Connolly in the Boston mayoral race.
“John Connolly has been a strong friend of and advocate for Boston’s Caribbean-American community,” the group said in a statement to the Globe. “Whether it is founding Boston’s Caribbean Carnival Breakfast, serving as Honorary Grand Marshal of the Parade, or working tirelessly to improve the Boston Public Schools, John has been there for our community.”
The group has previously backed campaigns including Ayanna Pressley’s city council re-election in 2011 and Linda Dorcena-Forry’s successful bids for positions in the legislature. It also helped mobilize voters of color during Governor Deval Patrick’s 2010 re-election.
The CPAC is not a political action committee that raises and spends money on behalf of candidates, rather it is a community group that focuses on voter education and mobilization.
The endorsement comes on the eve of the annual Caribbean Carnival festival and parade, which is expected to be a heavily trafficked event for mayoral hopefuls.
“I am honored to be endorsed by the Caribbean American Political Action Committee,” Connolly said in a statement. “The benefits of their great work and activism extend across the city, and I am proud to have the Caribbean American Political Action Committee standing with my campaign.”