Jeffrey Sanchez, the highest-ranking Latino leader in the history of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and a former Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is throwing his support behind Erin Murphy’s candidacy to be Boston’s next At-Large City Councilor.
Representative Sanchez, who represented Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill during his 16 years in the House, cited Erin’s commitment to advocating for every neighborhood, her common-sense approach to policy solutions, and her ability to connect with residents across the city as reasons for his endorsement.
“Erin is a special kind of leader because she has walked in the shoes of the people she is seeking to represent,” said Rep. Sanchez. “That’s a quality that will allow her to bring people together once she is in office. She taught in the Boston Public Schools for 22 years. She raised her family in the city as a single mom. And she’s been on the frontlines of the substance abuse and recovery crisis for a long time. She’s ready to represent the whole city.”
Rep. Sanchez’s endorsement comes weeks before the November 2 election, when Erin will compete for one of four At-Large City Council seats, and as citywide grassroots support has been building. Her outreach has extended to every neighborhood in the city, the same energy she would bring to the City Council.
“Receiving support from leaders like Chairman Sanchez is incredibly rewarding and says a lot about the campaign that we’ve built, because he was a model public servant,” Erin said. “He led with both his heart and his head, always cared about the people in his neighborhood, and set an incredible example for the type of elected official I aspire to be.”
Erin’s campaign has been gathering steam all year, with a string of high-profile endorsements and a surge in grassroots support and volunteerism across the city. Erin has also been endorsed by, among others, US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, activist and mentor and former At-Large candidate Said Abdikarim, State Senator Nick Collins, State Representatives Dan Hunt, Michael J. Moran, Ed Coppinger, Dan Ryan, and David Biele, former state Representative Carlo Basile, City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn, and former City Councilors Diane Modica, Sal LaMattina, and John Nucci, Register of Deeds Stephen J. Murphy, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35, United Steelworkers Local 12003, Teamsters Union Local 25, AFSCME Council 93 (which represents Boston municipal employees), the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Laborers Local 223, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and Boston EMS.
A lifelong Dorchester resident, Erin has centered her campaign around being Boston’s go-to call at City Hall.
Erin’s vision for Boston and her campaign are built on her core beliefs:
-Thriving, best-in-class public schools for every student in every neighborhood
-A friendlier city for seniors, with a more compassionate policy focus
-Stronger outreach to veterans, out of respect for their service and supporting their needs
-Safer streets and policing across the City, prioritizing community policing
-A firm plan to relieve the crisis at Mass & Cass that respects all stakeholder -Reducing income inequality by promoting good jobs for all Bostonians