Mayoral Candidate Connolly Picks up Key Endorsements

North End City Councilor Sal LaMattina endorses John Connolly for Mayor of Boston at a press conference in Charlestown last week.

North End City Councilor Sal LaMattina endorses John Connolly for Mayor of Boston at a press conference in Charlestown last week.

Mayoral candidate John Connolly, who is still leading the race according to the last Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll, picked up two key North End endorsements last week.

Connolly received the endorsements of North End State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and North End City Councilor Sal LaMattina.

Michlewitz, who endorsed Charlotte Golar Richie during the Primary Election broke ranks with his former mayoral pick and decided to throw his support behind Connolly. Golar Richie endorsed Marty Walsh last week.

“I am supporting John Connolly because he is a progressive leader who understands the importance of keeping families in the city by transforming our schools, creating more affordable housing options, and building safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the city,” said Michlewitz. “I have worked with John on various issues and I know his commitment to improving economic opportunity for all Bostonians, no matter their background or where they live.”

Michlewitz represents the 3rd Suffolk District, which includes the South End, North End, Waterfront, Chinatown, Financial District, Bay Village, Leather District, and parts of Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Upper Roxbury neighborhoods.

“I am especially proud to be endorsed by Aaron because of his work and commitment to keep young families in the city by helping to create affordable housing and advocating for quality schools,” said Connolly.  “He is a tireless advocate for the LGBT community, an innovative leader and a friend.”

LaMattina, who stayed out of the Primary Election decided last week to throw his support behind Connolly at a press conference outside the Warren Prescott School in Charlestown.

LaMattina, who represents the North End, Charlestown and East Boston, serves on the Council’s Committee on Education, which Connolly chairs.

“I have worked with John on the Committee on Education and I have seen the way he listens to parents and students and his deep understanding of our schools and I have no doubt that if he is elected he will transform our schools so that every child can attend a high quality school,” said LaMattina.

Connolly recently worked with LaMattina to secure funding to expand the Warren Prescott School by purchasing the shuttered Holden School, which is across the street.

“It means so much to me to have the support of Councilor LaMattina who serves on the education committees with me and who has worked tirelessly for students and parents,” said Connolly.  “He has been a friend and ally in the fight for our children and I look forward to working with him now and as mayor.”