City councilor Tito Jackson led Saturday morning’s enthusiastic cheer: “When I say Marty, you say...”
On cue, more than a dozen local elected officials and community leaders responded: “Walsh!”
The enthusiastic gathering at Grove Hall was the latest in a series of endorsements won by state Representative Martin J. Walsh, who is competing with city councilor John R. Connolly to become Boston’s next mayor.
Among those who endorsed Walsh on Saturday were several of the city’s most prominent elected officials of color: Jackson, state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and state Representatives Carlos Henriquez, Gloria Fox, and Russell Holmes.
“He’s going to be the one to listen to my community, and my community is Roxbury” Fox declared. “I can believe him, I can trust him. So I’m here to encourage each and every one of you to go the distance with us.”
Also in attendance were city councilor Felix G. Arroyo and former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie — former mayoral contenders who have thrown their support behind Walsh — as well as State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and state Representative Dan Cullinane, a former Walsh aide.
“This mayor’s race is about creating partnerships,” Walsh said as he accepted the endorsements. “We’re going to work together...when I get elected mayor on November 5th, when we get elected mayor on November 5th, the City of Boston will be one Boston.”
Both campaigns have competed for backing in Boston’s minority communities, which could be vital in the Nov 5. election. While both Walsh and Connolly can boast the backing of prominent community leaders and ministers of color, Walsh has secured near-unilateral backing from minority lawmakers.
Of the 11 elected officials of color who represent Boston in state and local government, all seven who have endorsed a candidate in the mayor’s race are backing Walsh.
“Marty’s leadership style has always been inclusive...he listens first before he leads,” Henriquez said. “He understands working class people, that is who he represents, that’s why we’re united, that’s why we’re here today.”Wesley Lowery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.