Huddling together in a semicircle around their candidate outside of his Roxbury field office, more than a dozen black clergy members on Thursday endorsed Councilor John R. Connolly’s bid to become Boston’s next mayor.
The endorsements, spearheaded by the Rev. Miniard Culpepper of Dorchester and Pastor William E. Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle Church, provide Connolly with viable liaisons to the city’s minority communities — which are expected to be a major battleground in the Nov. 5 election.
“For a time like this, we need John Connolly,” Culpepper said. “City Hall needs new blood. We have found our new blood in John Connolly.”
Connolly has spent significant time since the Sept. 24 preliminary race campaigning in Roxbury, where he opened a field office last weekend. His campaign has stressed that his citywide focus will boost him in communities of color.
“I’m humbled by these endorsements today,” Connolly said as the clergy members voiced their support. “I want to be a mayor for all of Boston and every child in Boston, every family, and every person in Boston.”
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