Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie on Thursday will receive the endorsement of EMILY’S List, a national political organization for women that could provide a much needed fund-raising boost for her fledgling campaign.
The endorsement will not be a surprise because Golar Richie is the only woman among the 12 candidates vying to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino. EMILY’S List offers access to a network of more 2 million potential donors across the country, which could be crucial for Golar Richie, who has lagged far behind most candidates in raising money.
“We’re thrilled to have the endorsement of EMILY’s List, and we fully expect all that comes with it, including fund-raising help locally and nationally,” said a spokeswoman for Golar Richie, Joyce Ferriabough Bolling.
Golar Richie was the last candidate to formally jump into the race and had about $36,000 in her political account on June 15, which included $13,000 raised in the first half of the month, according to the most recent data from the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Several of Golar Richie’s opponents have hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, including Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who raised $122,000 in the first half of June, bringing his total to $1.2 million.
EMILY is an acronym that stands for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” that can help “raise more dough” later in an election, according to the organization’s website. Founded in 1985, the group works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights.
EMILY’S List helped Elizabeth Warren’s successful bid for US Senate. The organization raised more than $1.25 million in direct contributions for Warren and spent an additional $450,000 on behalf of her campaign, paying for direct mail to voters and phone banks.
This year, EMILY’S List has set its sights on six other mayoral races, assistiing Christine Quinn in New York City, Annise Parker in Houston, and Kathy Sheehan in Albany, N.Y.
Golar Richie represented Dorchester for five years in the state House of Representatives in the 1990s. She left the Legislature to work for Menino as director of the Department of Neighborhood Development.
In 2007, Richie left the city and joined Governor Deval Patrick’s administration as a senior adviser for federal, state, and community affairs. Then for a year, she headed Patrick’s political committee before joining YouthBuild USA, a national nonprofit that builds affordable housing and works with young people who have limited prospects for jobs and education.
“Charlotte Golar Richie is a fantastic leader with a wealth of experience serving the city of Boston,” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “We need strong, innovative leaders like Charlotte at the helm of our nation’s largest cities, and the EMILY’s List community — now more than 2 million members strong — is excited to support her campaign so that she can get to work tackling Boston’s toughest challenges.”