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Boston's legislative delegation split on mayoral endorsements

Posted by Your Town  September 19, 2013 05:38 PM

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With only days left before Boston voters pick two finalists for mayor, Dorchester Rep. Russell Holmes and Jamaica Plain Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz on Thursday formally endorsed former Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie.

Richie already counts among her supporters Reps. Aaron Michlewitz of the North End, Gloria Fox of Roxbury, and Michael Moran of Brighton.

While John Connolly leads the pack of 12 in two polls released this week, the race remains very competitive, with several candidates in the running for one of the top two spots.

Members of the Boston delegation appear to be as divided as the electorate. East Boston Rep. Carlo Basile, South Boston Rep. Nick Collins, Beacon Hill Rep. Jay Livingstone and West Roxbury Rep. Ed Coppinger are backing Connolly.

Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester is supporting John Barros.

Rob Consalvo is being assisted by Reps. Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park and Kevin Honan of Brighton, as well as Sen. Anthony Petruccelli of East Boston.

Rep. Byron Rushing of the South End is supporting Felix Arroyo. And Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty of Chelsea is backing Rep. Martin Walsh of South Boston.

Outside the State House Thursday, Holmes praised Richie's experience and awareness of issues facing the city. “I’m very thrilled to know that Charlotte represented a district that is very similar to mine, and has dealt with many of the same issues I deal with every single day, and made those issues her number one priority when she was elected, as well as today,” Holmes said.

Chang-Diaz noted Richie's service in the Menino administration in addition to her time in the Legislature. “She’s really the total package," Chang-Diaz said. "She is the only candidate in this race that has executive branch experience in the city of Boston. I think that’s a really important decoration for the person who is going to be our next chief executive of the city.”

Chang-Diaz said with some many undecided voters, she is urging people “don’t sleep on the preliminary.” “Don’t fool yourself into thinking you are going to show up in November and exert your influence over who is going to be the next mayor of the city because 75 percent of that decision will have already been made for you,” she said.

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