With the pristine steeple of the First Parish Church rising behind her, and yellow and orange leaves of autumn falling from above, former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie ended the wait.
Surrounded by supporters, the third-place finisher in the Sept. 24 preliminary election for Boston mayor, and the sole female candidate in the race, cast her support behind state Representative Martin J. Walsh. The endorsement was one of the most coveted in the race, coming about three weeks before Boston will choose its first new mayor in 20 years.
“This is a great day for Dorchester and a great day for Boston,” Golar Richie said. “We’re going to elect Marty Walsh mayor of Boston.”
In a mayoral final contested by two Irish-American men, although six candidates of color ran, Walsh has now secured the backing of the three most prominent minority candidates from the preliminary election field: Golar Richie, City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, and former School Committee member John Barros.
“It feels like the band is back together,” Walsh said, flanked by all three. “This is much more than an endorsement.”
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