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Connolly rolls out three endorsements in mayoral race

The day after his mayoral rival rolled out two high-profile endorsements, City Councilor John R. Connolly announced three endorsements of his own.

Standing in the South End on Wednesday morning, Connolly first accepted the backing of state Representative Aaron M. Michlewitz, who represents Chinatown, Bay Village, and parts of the South End and Beacon Hill.

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“John has been a true progressive leader in Boston and no doubt will be the true progressive mayor for the city of Boston,” Michlewitz said.

Michlewitz was an early support of Charlotte Golar Richie, a former state representative, during the preliminary race, and said that he considered both candidates closely before deciding to back Connolly.

“John and I share the same belief that young families are the lifeblood and the future of this city,” he said. “And I know that John will be ready to roll up his sleeves as mayor and take on the tough issues that will help young families thrive in the city of Boston for generations to come.”

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Standing alongside Michlewitz on Wednesday was Susan Passoni, who in 2009 ran unsuccessfully for state representative and is serving as one of Connolly’s campaign co-chairs.

“He’s a smart, dynamic, open-minded and progressive candidate who is well positioned to take our city forward as Boston’s next mayor,” Passoni said.

Just hours later, Connolly was endorsed by City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who represents East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End; and state Senator Sal DiDomenico, of Everett, whose district includes parts of Allston, Brighton, and Charlestown.

“I have seen the way he listens to parents and students and his deep understanding of our schools,” LaMattina said during his endorsement. “I have no doubt that if he is elected he will transform our schools so that every child can attend a high quality school.”

The endorsements gave Connolly a near-monopoly on support from elected officials in the North End, with the only significant exception thus far being State Senator Anthony Pettruccelli, who is backing Walsh.

“We’re focused on great schools, how that connects to safe and healthy neighborhoods, how that connects to job opportunity and economic development in this city,” Connolly said. “We look at the North End as a key piece of that.”

The trio of endorsements came just one day after state Representative Martin J. Walsh celebrated endorsements by former mayoral candidates Felix G. Arroyo and John Barros -- coveted backings that are expected to help him in minority communities.

With the Barros and Arroyo declaring their support for Walsh, the attention shifts to Golar Richie, who came in third in the preliminary race.

Both campaigns have heavily courted Golar Richie, support that could help either candidate attract women and minority voters. But as of Wednesday night, people close to Richie said it remains unclear if she had made up her mind on whom to back or whether she will endorse at all.

Wesley Lowery can be reached at wesley.lowery@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
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