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Endorsement Corner: Rep. Forry and firefighters back Baker, machinists back O'Toole

Savin Hill's Frank Baker has picked up support from another state representative and the local firefighters’ union while Cedar Grove civic activist John O’Toole is touting the backing of a statewide union for machinists.

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, who is married to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry, said this week that she will support Baker in the Nov. 8 election to replace outgoing District 3 Councillor Maureen Feeney. Baker also has the support of state Reps. Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester) and Nick Collins (D-South Boston).

“Frank will be a strong, independent voice for our neighborhood and I am looking forward to working closely with him as a partner in government,” Rep. Forry said in a statement.

Baker, the former shop steward for City Hall’s now-defunct printing department, also picked up the support of Boston Firefighters Local 718, a union that has frequently clashed with Mayor Thomas Menino.

As for O'Toole, in a letter dated Sept. 30, machinists’ union president James Connor and treasurer James Howard praised O’Toole for his “commitment to the issues” affecting organized labor. “In addition, your past actions have proven that you are a true friend of Labor,” they wrote. “We feel secure in the knowledge that in the future your priorities will continue to be those of a strong advocate of Labor.”

O’Toole has also picked up support from unions representing city workers, electrical workers, pipe-fitters, bricklayers, and carpenters.

The Greater Boston Labor Council, which is part of the state AFL-CIO, met this week but declined to issue an endorsement, passing on the race for the second time. The council didn’t endorse in August for the Sept. 27 preliminary election.

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