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City Council president Andrea Campbell announced Monday her endorsement of Councilor Josh Zakim’s bid to unseat Secretary to State William F. Galvin in the Democratic primary later this year.

“Josh is an energetic, passionate and tireless advocate,” said Campbell, who became city council’s first black president earlier this year, in a statement from Zakim’s campaign. “The fresh ideas he has brought to the Council, particularly around civil rights, will translate perfectly to the Secretary’s office.”

In the Democratic primary, scheduled for Sept. 4, Zakim will attempt to become the first city councilor in 60 years to win a statewide election.


Galvin has held the secretary of state post since 1995.

Zakim currently serves as chairman of the city council’s committee on civil rights.

“Josh comes from a family of activists fully committed to social and economic justice, and his work on the Council, such as his leadership in passing Boston’s Trust Act, perfectly illustrates that,” Campbell said.

Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.