Mayoral candidates Felix Arroyo and John Barros today endorsed Marty Walsh for Mayor of Boston. Arroyo’s statement from the Boston Globe story:
Arroyo told the Globe that he had campaigned on poverty, economic opportunity, and improving access to education, and was persuaded by Walsh’s similar approach.
“My campaign ended, but those values don’t have to go with the campaign, and I believe they have a home with Marty Walsh’s campaign, and that’s why I’m proud to be endorsing Marty today,” he said.
In an e-mail to supporters announcing his choice, Barros said he had met with both Walsh and Connolly, asking “how they envision creating an inclusive and responsive City Hall.” He chose Walsh, he said, because “Marty is a candidate who can really partner with all of Boston: Whether you’re from East Boston or Dorchester, a single mom or a great grandfather, wealthy or struggling, Marty is listening to your concerns and is going to lead a city that addresses them.”
While I am very pleased with Felix Arroyo’s endorsement of Marty you could claim that as a Union candidate himself, Arroyo might have been expected to endorse Walsh. Even if expected, Felix brings energy and a commit base of supporters from a large number of neighborhoods to the Walsh campaign.
John Barros’ endorsement was unexpected (at least by me) but very important. By all accounts Barros impressed voters on the campaign trail with the depth of his understanding of issues in the city and his retail campaigning. His endorsement says a lot about Walsh’s ability to represent all the people in the city.