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District 3 candidates picking up endorsements

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 14, 2011 12:40 PM

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Frank Baker, who is vying for the District 3 City Council seat against John K. O’Toole, has picked up the endorsement of four state representatives.

“They are all great endorsements," said Baker, a 43-year-old former city worker and Savin Hill native. "I’m looking to form partnerships with everybody from the state to the city.”

Representative Nick Collins of South Boston, Representative Martin Walsh of Dorchester, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester, and Representative Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester all have formally endorsed Baker.

"As the state rep for the 5th Suffolk district, the working-class residents of Ward 15 are my priority,'' Henriquez said in a recent statement."Frank has spent the most time and effort engaging Ward 15 and taking the necessary steps to create and serve one Dorchester.”

Ward 15 includes Fields Corner and Meeting House Hill.

Forry also recently endorsed Baker.

“I think he will be a great asset to the City Council and a reliable partner in government,” she said.

Forry is married to Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter newspaper.
A Baker campaign sign has been placed in yard of their Richmond Street home, but Bill Forry said that neither he nor the newspaper would be endorsing a candidate in the District 3 race.

Along with picking up the backing of state officials, Baker received the endorsement of the Boston Teachers Union Wednesday night.

“He will be a strong advocate for the children in the Boston School system and we feel he is the best candidate to represent both the students and teachers,” said Angela Cristiani, political director of the teachers Union.

Baker also secured the endorsement of the Boston Firefighters Local 718.

John O’Toole, a 47-year-old realtor, recently received several endorsements, including from the statewide union for machinists and from Unite Here Local 26 and SEIU Local 888.

Current District 3 City Councilor Maureen Feeney also is backing O’Toole.

“I have a 20-year history of civic participation in Dorchester, and I’ve made many improvements in the area and I have great dialogue with all of the representatives,” O’Toole said.

The general election will be held Nov. 8. To learn more about the two candidates, check out the Globe's Q&As with them.

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