Boston’s black community is divided about the best strategy for winning the mayor’s seat, with some leaders urging that the field of six candidates of color be whittled down before the preliminary election, and others staunchly opposing that effort.
Some supporters of Charlotte Golar Richie have taken flak for wanting to prune the field, going so far as holding a meeting this week to get the black community to consider coalescing behind one or two candidates. But on Thursday, the day after that meeting occurred, Golar Richie tried to vigorously distance herself from the gathering, saying she knew nothing about it.
“This had nothing to do with my campaign,” she said of the meeting that some have deemed a short-sighted and elitist approach to determining who has the best shot at being elected. “I did not know about the meeting. I can tell you definitely my campaign did not call that meeting.”
Instead, it was spearheaded by Kevin Peterson, who directs the New Democracy Coalition and is a longtime friend and supporter of Golar Richie, serving as campaign manager during her first run for state representative in the 1990s. About half of those who signed the Aug. 28 letter to “Boston’s black leadership” that served as a meeting invitation have publicly endorsed Golar Richie or donated to her campaign.
The letter said it was time “to come to a consensus on who is the consensus candidate from the black community.”
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