Half the candidates running for mayor of Boston are minorities, but black business and community leaders have made up their minds and coalesced around one hopeful:
Charlotte Golar Richie.
Golar Richie, a former state representative from Dorchester and Boston housing chief, has convinced many of the city’s black elite to open their wallets, as well as raise funds and campaign on her behalf.
The list of supporters is long and impressive. It includes former US attorney and Goodwin Procter lawyer Wayne Budd, The Partnership chief executive Carol Fulp, Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree Jr., former Suffolk district attorney and Northeastern University general counsel Ralph Martin, developer and restaurateur Darryl Settles, Roxbury Technology chief executive Beth Williams, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Clayton Turnbull, money manager Valerie Mosley, Wheelock College president Jackie Jenkins-Scott, public relations maven Colette Phillips, and the Rev. Eugene Rivers.
“We’re not backing her because she is black. There are other black candidates,” said Phillips. “When you look at her accomplishments, it is a wow.”
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