Do unions still wield muscle in local elections? Richard Stutman hopes so.
The president of the Boston Teachers Union, at least, thinks his group has the clout to make a difference in a close mayoral primary.
So just days after declaring that his 11,000-member union would not endorse a candidate in the election Tuesday, the group is poised to recommend Felix Arroyo and Rob Consalvo as the two candidates who should compete in the final election.
The full membership must approve those choices Wednesday, but that is a mere formality. This will be the BTU’s first endorsement since 1991, when Stutman’s predecessor, Edward Doherty, waged a kamikaze campaign against Ray Flynn.
Stutman pointed to charter schools as a defining issue in the endorsement. “What separates Felix and Rob is that they don’t see eliminating the cap as the best and only way to help our school system,” Stutman said. “We seek better opportunities for those who don’t seek charter schools.”
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