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Big names coalesce around Charlotte Golar Richie

A small coalition of progressive lawmakers and political activists with ties to Mayor Thomas M. Menino is rallying around the fledgling mayoral campaign of Charlotte Golar Richie, presenting the possibility that she could overcome entrenched racial and ethnic boundaries.

The group has the potential to provide entree to historically white political power bases in Brighton, Charlestown, and the North End, neighborhoods where members of minority groups have struggled to find significant traction in citywide races. That support could shift the campaign arithmetic in favor of Richie, the most prominent African-American and woman in the field of candidates hoping to succeed Menino.

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