State Representative Martin J. Walsh picked up another set of endorsements on Monday, as a group of his Beacon Hill collagues joined him on the steps of the Statehouse to announce that they are backing his mayoral candidacy.
Among those who joined him for the endorsement announcement were representatives Marjorie Decker, Ruth Balser, Jay Kaufman, Chris Walsh, Dave Rogers, Denise Provost, and Frank Smizik.
The endorsement, by 21 members of the legislature’s progressive caucus, comes as both candidates scramble to pick up the support of area elected officials. Last week, Walsh secured the backing of former candidates Felix Arroyo, Charlotte Golar Richie, and John Barros. Connolly, meanwhile, picked up endorsements from state Representative Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina and state Senator Sal DiDomenico.
There are 16 state representatives (excluding the currently-vacant 12th Suffolk seat) and five state senators whose districts include parts of Boston.
Almost all of those state representatives endorsed during the preliminary but, with many of them backing candidates who were eliminated, it remains to be seen who many of them will back.
While Monday’s endorsement by the progressive caucus swelled Walsh’s number of Statehouse endorsements to nearly two dozen, only three of those are from legislators whose constituencies reside in the City of Boston.
Walsh currently has the support of three state representatives whose districts include parts of Boston: Eugene O’Flaherty, Liz Malia and Gloria Fox. As a state representative himself, it goes without saying that Walsh also has his own endorsement—articulated daily on the campaign trail.
Connolly, meanwhile, has the support of state representatives Nick Collins, Carlo Basile, Jay Livingstone, Edward Coppinger and Aaron Michlewitz.
It remains unclear if the other state representatives whose districts include parts of Boston will weigh in during the race. For their part, the five state senators have been much more reluctant to jump into the fray.
As of Monday night, only one of the five, state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, who is backing Walsh, had endorsed.