Former Gov. Deval Patrick is hosting a Dorchester fundraiser for Matt Patton, a Savin Hill attorney who worked on Patrick’s 2010 reelection campaign as deputy field director and is now running for the District 3 City Council seat.
“Matt spent his career fighting for workers to have a voice on the job, for individuals to make their own health care choices, and for his neighbors to live in supportive, prosperous communities,” Patrick said in a statement.
“We need leaders and doers on the Boston City Council, showing up and speaking out on behalf of their constituents — making government better. Matt is that kind of leader, and I know he'll be a dedicated city councilor for the people of District 3,” he added.
The fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Tavolo, a restaurant next to Ashmont MBTA Station. The Italian restaurant, which opened on Dorchester Avenue in 2008, is one of Patrick’s favorites. During his two terms in the governor’s office, Patrick lived close by in Milton.
Patrick currently lists his home address as Richmond, a town in the Berkshires. He donated $500 to Patton earlier this year.
The fundraiser comes a week before the Sept. 12 preliminary, which will narrow the 7-person field to two. The finalists will face off on the Nov. 7 ballot.
Patton told the Reporter Patrick “always lifted up everyone and fought to treat people with respect no matter their status.”
“We need that level of compassion combined with the energy to get things done on education, infrastructure and housing,” Patton added. “I thank him for his endorsement and am honored to carry it throughout this campaign.”
Patton, a labor lawyer, also worked on Elizabeth Warren’s first campaign for US Senate in 2012 and John Barros’s two runs for mayor of Boston.
Tim Murray, who served as lieutenant governor while Patrick was in the State House, held his own fundraiser for Patton in June at the Dubliner restaurant in downtown Boston.