State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry responds to Boston Herald column

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry wants to set the record straight: Her State House colleague, Representative Martin J. Walsh, did not endorse her run for the First Suffolk district seat this year, and she is not, therefore, indebted to do the same in his bid for mayor.

“He stayed neutral in the race,” Dorcena Forry said in a statement responding to a column in today’s Boston Herald. “The inference that I would therefore ‘return a favor’ to my colleague with a mayoral endorsement is misleading and incorrect.”

The column, which was corrected, was about Walsh and City Councilor John R. Connolly, both of whom made it into the final round of campaigning for the Nov. 5 general election, seeking endorsements from the other top three voting-getting candidates of color during the preliminary. The column ends with speculation about Walsh seeking Dorcena Forry’s endorsement, saying the community must “wait and see if Dorcena Forry returns the favor to Walsh.”

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Both Walsh and Connolly have been seeking support from influential people within communities of color, including former mayoral candidates City Councilor Felix Arroyo, John Barros, and Charlotte Golar Richie. None of them have offered up an endorsement, and neither has Dorcena Forry, the first Haitian-American and first woman to hold a seat long held by men from South Boston.

Dorcena Forry said she would be making a decision about whom to back for mayor “in the coming days” and laid out her decision-making criteria.

“I want our next mayor to be someone who can best move our city forward as one Boston, who can help create sustainable jobs and support small businesses across our neighborhoods, not just in downtown,” she said in the statement. “And I want a mayor who is committed to bringing diverse talents into the next administration at all levels of city government.”