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Councilor Ayanna Pressley to remain neutral in mayor’s race

While lawmakers and clergy in Boston’s black and Latino communities are lining up to endorse one of the two candidates for mayor, one popular city politician has been keeping a low profile in the contest.

City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley, who teamed with John Connolly in her last council bid two years ago, told the Globe that she is staying neutral in this year’s bid to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

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Pressley will not be endorsing Connolly or Martin Walsh.

She said that she knows both men well -- Connolly is a colleague on the council, and Walsh is a fellow Dorchester resident -- and that she has been up front with them about her neutrality.

“I think we’ll be well served by either of them,’’ she said recently. “They’ve both been incredible public servants and good friends.”

But Pressley said she is focused on her own campaign to return to the City Council for a third, two-year term.

“I’m running my own race, and whoever the next mayor is, I look forward to partnering with him,,’’ she said.

She said she will work with the next mayor on issues she is championing, including removing hurdles to improve the lives of women and girls and working to reduce poverty, trauma, and violence across the city.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.
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