Charlotte Golar Richie called state Representative Martin J. Walsh Friday to tell him she would endorse his campaign for mayor, three people with direct knowledge of the call said.
The decision by Golar Richie, who finished third in the Sept. 24 preliminary election, potentially gives Walsh a significant boost in building vital support in the African-American community.
“Charlotte believes that Marty understands the struggles of working people, because he has lived through it,” said one of the people, who spoke to Golar Richie after the call. “She knows that he will stand up for the people who have been marginalized and disenfranchised, because those people are his neighbors.”
Golar Richie received almost 14 percent of the vote in the preliminary election, and her backing had been heavily courted by Walsh and his opponent, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly. She made her decision Friday evening, said people with knowledge of the choice. Those individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Golar Richie issued a press release saying she would announce her endorsement at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Parish Church, a few blocks from her home in Dorchester. Golar Richie and Walsh did not respond to phone messages seeking comment.
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