City Councillor Michael Flaherty has picked up the official endorsement of the city's firefighters union, Local 718. The campaign made the announcement on Friday afternoon, a day after Flaherty rolled out  four other union endorsements. A public endorsement event will be held on May 9th at Firefighters Family Day in Neponset's Pope John Paul II Park.
The union  has long had a rocky relationship with the incumbent Mayor Tom Menino, a dynamic that was alluded to in the press release.
â€œAs active residents in the city of Boston, our firefighters work
courageously to protect our great city on a daily basis. We look forward to
working with a Mayor that respects the job we do and who has the integrity
and leadership required to tackle the challenges that affect us all,â€ union president Ed Kelly
said in the statement.
Menino has not yet said whether he will be a candidate for re-election, although his campaign has been gearing up for action  in recent weeks. Sam Yoon, an at-large councilman from Dorchester, and South End businessman Kevin McCrea are also in the race.