City Council President Michelle Wu is putting her political muscle behind Lydia Edwards, a public interest lawyer and candidate for the First Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District.
Edwards, a 35-year-old East Boston Democrat, is among a growing field of candidates competing in a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Anthony W. Petrucelli, who resigned after eight years. The district comprises neighborhoods in Boston, Cambridge, Revere and Winthrop.
Wu said she got to know Edwards through her advocacy for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which is now law. Edwards, who has two law degrees, is a public interest lawyer with Greater Boston Legal Services, her campaign website said.
“She’s incredibly smart,’’ Wu said. “She’s an attorney. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and she has a track record of speaking up for families.”
Edwards said she is humbled and honored to receive Wu’s endorsement. “Michelle’s support means a lot to me personally, and I hope will demonstrate to people that I’m a qualified, inclusive leader and will be great for the First Suffolk and Middlesex [Senate] District.”
Numerous other candidates are also in the running: Republican Donald Logan Willyard and several Democrats: former Revere mayor Dan Rizzo; Winthrop Housing Authority member Joseph Boncore; Revere City Councilor Steven Morabito; East Boston resident Diana Hwang, founder of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative; and state Representative Jay Livingstone.
Livingstone, 42, of Beacon Hill, said he’s received the backing of municipal officials in every city or town in the district, including an endorsement from one of Wu’s colleagues, Councilor Josh Zakim.
The primary will be held April 12, and the special election will be May 10.