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Andrea Campbell wins endorsement of State Representative Chynah Tyler in Boston mayoral race

Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell greets a supporter on Wednesday at John Eliot Square in Boston, where she held an event to announce winning State Representative Chynah Tyler's endorsement.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

State Representative Chynah Tyler, the Roxbury Democrat who chairs the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, on Wednesday endorsed City Councilor Andrea Campbell for mayor, saying she “represents a new generation of leadership and will continue to deliver and lead on issues of access and equity for the betterment of all Bostonians.”

“There are many accomplishments on behalf of our community that go unnoticed — particularly for Black women who straight-up deliver in politics,” Tyler said. “We have a commitment to deliver in Andrea ... And her delivery through her work over the past six years is extremely important in building the Boston that we all want to see.”


Representative Chynah Tyler, a Boston Democrat, has endorsed Andrea Campbell for mayor.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The endorsement announcement was made at John Eliot Square in Roxbury, where the two politicians were flanked by nearly a dozen Black female supporters. And it telegraphed Campbell’s determination to use her compelling personal narrative and her record of accomplishments as a city councilor to claim Black votes and to cede no ground in the historic race between five people of color.

Her rivals include former City Council President Kim Janey, who became the first Black person and first woman to serve as Acting Mayor of Boston when Martin J. Walsh resigned in March to become the nation’s labor secretary. Janey has been capitalizing on her visibility as Acting Mayor, and a Globe poll this summer found her in a virtual tie with frontrunner Councilor Michelle Wu. Janey has also locked up endorsements from notable Black leaders, including Representative Nika Elugardo, a Jamaica Plain Democrat who is also a member of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

A day earlier, Janey was endorsed by Tito Jackson, who preceded her as the district city councilor representing Roxbury and as a candidate for mayor in 2017.

Campbell, who was the first Black woman elected City Council president, has increasingly taken aim at Janey, urging her to take more leadership on mandating vaccines to stem the COVID crisis.


Tyler’s endorsement is the second Campbell has received from a member of the Boston delegation, after Representative Liz Malia, a Jamaica Plain Democrat. She has also been endorsed by former first lady Diane Patrick, former sheriff and secretary of public safety Andrea Cabral, and former state representative Marie St. Fleur.

Campbell called Tyler “a fierce and fearless champion for addressing structural inequities.”

Stephanie Ebbert can be reached at Stephanie.Ebbert@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieEbbert.