The Race for City Hall

Charles Clemons, former mayoral candidate, endorses John Connolly

Standing with a group of clergy in Grove Hall, former mayoral candidate Charles Clemons endorsed his former rival John R. Connolly in the general election being held Tuesday.

Clemons, founder of TOUCH 106.1 FM, has been spotted at a number of campaign events for both candidates and several candidate forums and town hall gatherings since the preliminary vote. He said he wanted to take his time to make up his mind about whom to back.

“Today I stand with City Councilor at-large John Connolly,” Clemons said this morning. “A lot of people didn’t think that Brother Charles would come out and say something. But you have to, because there are so many people who are undecided.”

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Clemons earned just 1,800 votes in the Sept. 24 preliminary, placing 11th of 12 candidates, but is seen as an influential voice in parts of Roxbury. His Internet radio station boasts of being the “voice of Boston’s black community” and claims to reach well over 100,000 listeners.

He is the first of the failed preliminary race candidates to back Connolly. Three others—third-place finisher Charlotte Golar Richie, fifth-place finisher Felix G. Arroyo, and sixth-place finisher John Barros—have backed Walsh.

“I greatly appreciate Charles Clemons’ endorsement,” Connolly said. “I may not have the elected officials behind me, but I have the ministers and the clergy behind me, I have business leaders of color behind me. ... I have the people on the front lines, trying to make a difference for Boston behind me.”

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