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Connolly touts small businesses in his plan to boost jobs

Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly.

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Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly.

Boston mayoral candidate and Councilor at Large John R. Connolly has unveiled his jobs plan, focusing on building up small businesses, bolstering workforce development, and fostering regional economic improvement.

“The Boston economy is doing remarkably well in many respects, but our successes only tell one part of the story,” Connolly said in a statement. “We are increasingly a city of the very rich and very poor, where the bottom can fall out on our poorest residents at any time. It is harder and harder to maintain a strong middle in the city to bind us together.”

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“As mayor, I will advance a jobs and economic agenda that strengthens our economy, creates jobs, and helps all Bostonians benefit from our economic advantages,” he added.

The plan also includes proposals for improving city services through technology and efficiency, which Connolly has often stressed on the campaign trail by declaring that “City Hall should run like the Apple Store.”

Mike Ross is running, really running with running groups

Mike Ross really likes to run.

The city councilor and mayoral candidate has announced that he will hold a series of campaign events with Boston running groups, a followup on the theme of one of his signature campaign ads, in which he is seen running in the city.

“Running groups are a great way to meet with people, really get to know the neighborhoods of our city, and stay healthy,” Ross said.

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“Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have been while I was on runs with people.”

The “Running with Ross” events are:

  Back on My Feet Boston and Hope House Run, Sept 18, 5:30 a.m., 8 Farnham St.

  Forest Hill Runners, Sept. 20, 6 a.m., meets at Stony Brook T.

  City Sports Running Club, Sept 21, 9:30 a.m., 1035 Commonwealth Ave.

  L Street Running Club, Sept. 22, 7:30 a.m., meets at Curley Community Center

Actor Lou Gossett Jr. backs Charlotte Golar Richie

First, actor Danny Glover gave his support to candidate John Barros. Now, Hollywood heavyweight Louis Gossett Jr., has weighed in on Boston’s mayoral race, with an endorsement of Charlotte Golar Richie.

“Bostonians will have an opportunity to not just make history, but be a part of it,” Gossett, an actor and activist, said in a statement released by Golar Richie’s campaign.

“I want to encourage you to vote for Charlotte Golar Richie. She has the . . .experience and a proven track record to not just lead Boston but to alter history by becoming the first woman mayor of the city,” he said.

Gossett won an Emmy for his role in the miniseries “Roots” and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982).

A Golar Richie supporter, Boston public relations executive Colette Phillips, helped get the endorsement. Phillips is a friend of Gossett, officials said.

For profiles of candidates and where they stand on key issues, go to bostonglobe.com/mayor.

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