U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is endorsing City Councilor Michelle Wu in the race for the next mayor of Boston, citing her commitment to climate and equity.
With Markey’s endorsement, Wu now has the backing of both Massachusetts U.S. senators. Markey, the co-author of the national Green New Deal, pointed to Wu's plan to address climate and environmental justice at the local level.
“Michelle Wu has championed the Green New Deal and made transformational action on climate change central to her commitment to the City of Boston," Markey said in a statement. "Michelle Wu will make Boston a Green New Deal city and position us to lead the national movement for climate action."
Wu and fellow City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George won the preliminary mayoral election last month, setting up a showdown for November's vote. The winner will be the first woman and first person of color elected as Boston's mayor.
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“Senator Ed Markey’s bold vision has inspired activists, young people, and so many community members to lead, and I am honored to have his support," Wu said in a statement. "I am excited to continue to organize together, build together and fight together for our brightest future."
Meanwhile her opponent, Essaibi-George, has the support of the police community, including former Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. The city councilor's commitment to hiring more police was a defining stance for Essaibi George in Boston's preliminary mayoral election.
In a race where the candidates agree on most key issues, the issue has helped shape a progressive vs. moderate narrative.
The pair met with Janey last month and agreed that a transfer of power will take place on Nov. 16, just two weeks after the Nov. 2 election.
Essaibi George and Wu will go head-to-head in an hour-long live general election Boston mayoral debate on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The debate, hosted by NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN, in partnership with the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner, will be held inside a secure and closed studio at the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center.