Endorsements are coming in fast and early for City Council At-Large candidates.
In a brief sit-down with the Reporter on the transportation bill and the fiscal 2010 budget passed last week (and written up in the latest issue of the Reporter) Rep. Willie Mae Allen, a Mattapan Democrat, said she had picked the four (out of the fifteen running) that she wants sitting in the four available seats: incumbent John Connolly, and newcomers Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Ego Ezedi, executive director of the Roxbury YMCA, and Felix Arroyo, a former City Hall aide.
Arroyo, who officially kicked off his campaign this week, has also garnered a slew of union endorsements, and thumbs-up from state Sens. Steven Tolman (D-Brighton) and Anthony Galluccio (D-Cambridge), along with state Reps. Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester), Elizabeth Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), and Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain). Among the unions, he received the endorsement of the New England Council of Carpenters, Boston Firefighters Local 718, and the Boston Teachers Union.
Both Arroyo and Pressley received the endorsement of SEIU 1199, made up largely of nurses and other healthcare workers.