At-large hopefuls pull in endorsements from unions, councillors

A flurry of endorsements for at large city council candidates have rolled in this week. A preliminary election for city council will be held on Sept. 14 to trim the current field of 17 at-large candidates down to eight finalists. There are four at-large seats on the 13-member body and two of the current citywide councillors— Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George— are running for mayor instead. The eight finalists will compete for the four at-large seats in a general election set for Nov. 2.

See below for a roundup of the latest:

The Dorchester-based Local 103 IBEW this week endorsed two candidates, Erin Murphy and Ruthzee Louijeune, for at-large seats on the Boston City Council.

Murphy, 51, is a Dorchester resident, mother of three and longtime public school teacher.

“Erin shares our values and believes in our mission to provide Greater Boston's developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities we work, live and raise our families. We can’t think of a better choice to represent our members’ needs and those of all Bostonians,”said Lou Antonellis, business manager and financial secretary for the IBEW Local 103, in a statement.

“I’m honored and thrilled to receive the endorsement of the IBEW Local 103. They are a union that works hard for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions,” Murphy said in a statement.

Murphy finished sixth in the Nov. 2019 general election. In this cycle, she’s notched endorsements from State Rep. Dan Hunt, City Councillor Frank Baker, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Laborers Local 223, Boston EMS.

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Louijeune, 34, has served as senior counsel for Warren’s presidential and Senate campaigns, has roots in Mattapan and Hyde Park, and hopes to become the first Haitian-American woman elected to the council.

“Proud to stand with @ruthzee4boston because she stands with @IBEW103,” Antonellis said in a statement via Twitter.

“Thrilled to have the support of @IBEW103 (& that billboard)! We’ll work together to protect union jobs, increase pathways to the middle class, and build a better Boston (quite literally,” Louijeune wrote on Twitter.

Louijeune was also endorsed this week by the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC).

“As we emerge from the pandemic, workers are committed to building back better and to building a movement for worker justice,” Darlene Lombos, executive secretary-treasurer at GBLC, said Tuesday in a statement.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the GBLC. I am fully committed to pushing for a city that puts people before profit, welcomes safe jobs that pay a living wage, and centers the needs of our working class families,” said Louijeune.

She’s also notched endorsements from US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, state Rep. Liz Miranda, City Councillors Lydia Edwards and Kenzie Bok, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Mass Nurses Association, and the Boston Teachers Union.

David Halbert was endorsed on Wednesday by District 5 Councillor Ricardo Arroyo, and his father, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo.

Halbert, a former aide in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, placed eighth in the 2019 at-large race. The 37-year-old Dorchester resident currently sits on the boards of the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council, East Boston Main Streets, and the East Boston Project Advisory Committee (PierPAC.)

"He has the vision, the drive, and the tenacity necessary to be an effective changemaker at City Hall,” Councillor Arroyo said in a statement. “We share a belief in collaborative politics and putting equity at the forefront of our decision-making. David is exactly the kind of person I want to have as a partner on the Boston City Council.”

State Senators Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sal DiDomenico and Joe Boncore; state Rep. Nika Elugardo, State Rep. Dan Ryan and State Rep. Adrian Madaro; former at-large candidates Alejandra St. Guillen & Jordan Meehan, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar-Richie; Mass Nurses Association; North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.

Councillor Frank Baker this week endorsed Jon Spillane, a former employee of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). Spillane, 30, worked most recently as a staffer for District 8 Councillor Kenzie Bok.

“As someone who has been acutely focused on delivering services to unhoused Bostonians and those dealing with substance use disorders, I am proud to endorse Jon Spillane for Boston City Council due to his experience creating affordable housing and leading budget and constituent service initiatives at the City Council,” Baker said in a statement.

“Jon supports reopening Long Island, utilizing the Shattuck Hospital, and building bridges with our state and federal government are crucial tools in our efforts to house our neighbors and deliver supportive services,” Baker added.

Spillane also has been endorsed by City Councillor Kenzie Bok, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, State Sen. Joe Boncore, Ward 5 Democratic Committee, Laborers’ Local 223, Plasterers Local 534.

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