Mayor Marty Walsh this week endorsed Annissa Essaibi-George for re-election to one of the four at-large City Council seats up this fall.
In District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), at-large Councilor Michelle Wu, who lives in Roslindale, endorsed Ricardo Arroyo for the seat being vacated by district Councilor Tim McCarthy.
The Dorchester Reporter reports Walsh also endorsed challenger Alejandra St. Guillen for one of the four at-large seats.
Walsh on Essaibi-George:
As a former teacher and Boston Public School parent, Annissa knows first hand the challenges our students face. As Chair of the Education Committee, she has made it a priority to be a voice for our students, teachers and parents. Working together, we have ensured there will be nurses in every school and that we are addressing each student's social and emotional learning in addition to their academic success.
As Chair of the Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery Committee, we have partnered to provide resources for homeless families and for those living in poverty to make Boston safer and healthier for all.
As a small business owner, Annissa understands how important our Main Street businesses are to our neighborhoods and economy. We have worked together to provide more funding for our local businesses, and she has mentored a number of women entrepreneurs to help their businesses thrive.
Wu on Arroyo:
Ricardo has demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of our communities and has put forward a vision for District 5 that includes leading on climate justice, addressing economic and racial inequity, and organizing for the public transportation system we deserve.
The Boston City Council is a powerful institution. We are the direct voice for residents and a platform to support progressive activism across the city. I need partners on the Council who will stand with community and fight for bold solutions. Ricardo will be that partner.
Preliminaries on Sept. 24 will narrow the fields down in contested council races for the November final elections.