Charlotte Golar Richie will endorse state Rep. Martin J. Walsh for mayor, sources say

Boston, MA., 09/19/13, A day in the life of the mayoral candidates. Charlotte Golar Richie addresses media in front of State House regarding endorsements from local representatives. Section: Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Charlotte Golar Richie addressed media in front of State House in September regarding endorsements from local representatives.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Charlotte Golar Richie called state Representative Martin J. Walsh on Friday to tell him she would endorse his campaign for mayor, according to two people with direct knowledge of the call.

The decision by Golar Richie, who finished third in the Sept. 24 preliminary election, potentially gives Walsh a significant boost in building vital support in the African-American community.

“Charlotte believes that Marty understands the struggles of working people because he has lived through it,” said one of the people, who spoke to Golar Richie after the call. “She knows that he will stand up for the people who have been marginalized and disenfranchised because those people are his neighbors.”

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Golar Richie received almost 14 percent of the vote in the preliminary election, and her backing had been heavily courted by Walsh and his opponent, City Councilor John R. Connolly. She made her decision Friday evening, according to people with knowledge of her decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The endorsement will be announced Saturday, one of the people said. Golar Richie did not return a phone message. Walsh and Connolly also did not comment.