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Capuano to endorse Walsh in mayoral race

Mayoral candidate Martin Walsh.Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff/file

US Representative Michael E. Capuano, whose Congressional district includes a wide swath of Boston, is set to endorse mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh on Monday, according to advisers to Capuano and Walsh.

The nod from Capuano, a former Somerville mayor and one of the most liberal Democratic members of Congress, could be a boon to Walsh’s progressive bona fides and will boost his already hefty roster of endorsements from other elected officials.

“Congressman Capuano believes that Marty’s life history and his career, filled with helping those in need, uniquely positions Marty Walsh as mayor to be a powerful progressive voice for Boston,” said the Capuano adviser, Paul Trane.


Michael Goldman, a senior adviser to Walsh, confirmed the endorsement and said it was set to be announced at 10 a.m. event in Hyde Park.

Walsh, a longtime state representative, has gained the backing of a variety of Boston elected officials in recent weeks, from city councilors to state legislators to former mayoral rivals.

US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, whose Congressional district includes the rest of Boston, is also backing Walsh.

Walsh and Councilor at Large John R. Connolly, who has picked up some endorsements of his own from elected officials, emerged from a twelve-candidate field in the September preliminary election to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

In just over two weeks, on Nov. 5, Boston voters will choose between the two finalists.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.