“I’m Every Woman” — a circa 1978 disco hit — blasted in the background as Charlotte Golar Richie faced a packed crowd at “Women for Charlotte” at the Bell in Hand Tavern.
“Making history” was the underlying theme of the night — what Golar Richie would do if she becomes the first African-American and the first woman to win election as mayor of Boston. But she began by downplaying that riff.
“Uh-uh,” she said. “It doesn’t work like that. We are more sophisticated . . . There is more to us than that. You have set high bars for Charlotte to cross. Is the candidate qualified for the job is the first one.”
Her take on the Golar Richie competence test: “The fact that maybe I am overqualified — if you look at the others — takes it off the table.”
She’s a former state representative, who served in Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration as chief of housing and director of neighborhood development and worked as a top adviser to Governor Deval Patrick. Her supporters like to mention that she and District Attorney Dan Conley are the only mayoral candidates with experience managing a major agency with a big budget and staff.
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