Jimmie Adams was walking through Mattapan Square, saw the red and blue “Martin J. Walsh for Mayor” signs, and decided to go see who was down there.
His state senator, Linda Dorcena Forry, was enthusiastically endorsing her State House colleague’s candidacy for mayor. Adams stood off to the side, listening last week as Dorcena Forry and a round robin of speakers listed the reasons they viewed Walsh as more qualified to be mayor of Boston than his rival, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly.
What he didn’t hear mentioned was the issue that matters most to him: making it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs. Adams said he respects Dorcena Forry, whom he has voted for repeatedly. But, he said, endorsements from her and other elected officials won’t necessarily influence his decision on Election Day.
“We have a saying in the neighborhood: Don’t talk about it; be about it. Show me,” said the 52-year-old Adams, who has been out of work for more than a year. “I just get one vote. I don’t take it for granted. Who can help me get a job? That’s who I’m looking for.”
Walsh and Connolly have been on a tear, trying to secure endorsements from people with influence in communities of color, where neither candidate did especially well in the preliminary election. Those communities are expected to play a decisive role in determining who will be elected mayor Nov. 5.
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