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Almost half of the City Council has endorsed this candidate for governor

Jay Gonzalez, one of two Democrats looking to oust Republican Governor Charlie Baker, said he was “thrilled” with the support.
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Jay Gonzalez, one of two Democrats looking to oust Republican Governor Charlie Baker, said he was “thrilled” with the support.

In his campaign for governor, Jay Gonzalez made a quick stop at City Hall Plaza on Thursday, where he picked up support from nearly half of Boston’s City Council.

Councilors Lydia Edwards, Annissa Essaibi-George, Ed Flynn, Matt O’Malley, Kim Janey and Michelle Wu have endorsed Gonzalez, one of two Democrats looking to oust Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

“These are the leaders in Boston right now, and the leaders of the future,” Gonzalez said. “I look forward to being in the governor’s office and working with them to have an effect” on state residents.

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Wu praised Gonzalez and took a shot at what she called Baker’s lack of progress on initiatives such as pay equity and transportation.

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“We need someone who has the vision to understand we can do better,” she said, downplaying polls showing Baker far ahead of either of his Democratic opponents, saying those surveys do not ask the right questions on what progress the state has made under him.

“Especially in Boston, people want more, people need more, that’s what Jay is all about,” she said.

Gonzalez and environmentalist Bob Massie will face off in the Sept. 4 primary, and the Democratic nominee will challenge Baker in November.

In 2014, Councilor Michael Flaherty endorsed Baker.

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“Governor Baker and Lt. Governor (Karen E.) Polito are proud to have strong working relationships with their state and local colleagues across the aisle and an accomplished bipartisan record that continues to deliver results for the people of Massachusetts,” said Baker campaign spokesman Terry MacCormack.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at milton.valencia@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.