Endorsement Corner: Pressley picks her four, Moran and Flynn back Murphy

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, a Boston Democrat and a former city councillor at-large, on Monday announced her picks for the City Council’s four at-large slots.

Pressley endorsed Julia Mejia, an incumbent, as well as candidates David Halbert, Ruthzee Louijeune and Carla Monteiro.

“Each of these candidates has shown their deep commitment to the Boston community and to advancing challenges people face,” Pressley said in a statement.

Pressley was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council. She served from 2010 to 2018, when she ousted Congressman Michael Capuano in a Democratic primary.

Pressley also endorsed Kendra Hicks, one of the two candidates competing for the District 6 seat being vacated by City Councillor Matt O’Malley.

“Julia — as she has for the past two years — Dave, Ruthzee, Carla and Kendra will bring new perspectives, new lived experiences, and new questions to City Hall, which will benefit everyone in our city,” Pressley said.

The Sept. 14 preliminary narrowed the field of 17 candidates to 8 for the general election, which is set for Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The other finalists are incumbent Michael Flaherty, the top vote-getter on Sept. 14; former Dorchester teacher Erin Murphy; South Boston ironworker Bridget Nee-Walsh, and perennial candidate Althea Garrison.

Murphy, who finished fourth in the preliminary, on Monday picked up the endorsement of Allston-Brighton state Rep. Michael Moran, a Democrat who serves as assistant majority leader. He has served in the House since 2005.

“Erin really impressed me during the preliminary campaign with her ability to connect with folks anywhere she went -- which was pretty much everywhere,” Moran said in a statement. “She’s a hard-working candidate who knows what it’s like to advocate for a community and help people, and we need outstanding public servants like her on the Boston City Council. Just like Erin, I’ve spent my whole life in Boston and she’s displayed an invaluable ability to connect with her neighbors.”

Over the weekend, Murphy drew the endorsement of Ed Flynn, the District 2 councillor from South Boston. He also represents Chinatown, the South End and parts of Beacon Hill and Back Bay.

“Like me, she’s a lifelong city kid who cares about her neighbors and she’ll be ready on Day One to serve families across the city,” Flynn said in a statement. “She cares about every neighborhood and wants each of them to have safe streets, good schools, and affordable housing. She’s also been a leader on the opioid and addiction crisis, something that touches all of us. She certainly has my vote.”


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