Boston mayoral hopeful Martin J. Walsh added to his roster of endorsements today, securing the enthusiastic backing of state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, whose district stretches from South Boston to part of Hyde Park.
“Marty Walsh gets it,” she said at a news conference in Mattapan Square, the candidate at her side, both of them surrounded by supporters bearing signs. Several African-American clergymen and former mayoral candidates John Barros and Felix Arroyo were also on hand.
Under cloudy skies, Dorcena Forry, reading from prepared remarks, made a forceful case for Walsh, a longtime state representative. She said he understood the “struggles of working families” and would be a successful solutions-oriented mayor who could leverage his Beacon Hill knowledge into results for Boston.
She said he had a strong track record of legislative accomplishment that included taking tough stances when it was the right thing to do, and she affirmed he would be “a steady hand at the wheel.”
Dorcena Forry, who is Haitian-American, also argued that Walsh would deliver for every part of the city if he’s elected.
“Marty understands the diversity of our city is what makes us a unique city” she said. “He wants to diversify our workforce at all levels of our economy, not just at City Hall, but on the building trades construction sites, in the downtown boardrooms and in every classroom in Boston.”
Her endorsement follows those of Barros, Arroyo, a city councilor, and Charlotte Golar Richie, who finished third in the September mayoral preliminary election. The backing could further boost Walsh’s prospects among African-American voters in his Nov. 5 mayoral contest against City Councilor John R. Connolly.
Dorcena Forry, a former state representative, won a competitive special election primary for the First Suffolk state Senate seat against state Representative Nick Collins in April. Collins, for his part, endorsed Connolly in September during the preliminary mayoral race.
At the press conference, the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, the former executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, also gave Walsh his backing.
“Although the sun is not shining,” Brown said, “this is a bright and glorious day for the City of Boston because we are here to enthusiastically and with great joy endorse” Walsh.
Taking the podium after both had spoken, Walsh corrected Brown.
“The sun is shining down on this campaign,” Walsh said to laughter.
At the conclusion of the 20-minute event, Walsh bowed his head as the ministers put their hands on the candidate and prayed for him.
Later, talking with people after the event, the candidate bore a wide smile.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.