Special to the Gazette
House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, the North End Democrat who represents a block of neighborhoods at Boston’s core, endorsed Erin Murphy’s At-Large City Council campaign on Monday, saying her election would be a victory for working families across the city.
Representative Michlewitz – who also represents the Waterfront, Chinatown, South End, Downtown, Leather District, Bay Village, and portions of the West End, Beacon Hill and the Back Bay – said he had been impressed with Erin’s work ethic and her eagerness to collaborate.
“I spend a lot of time with people across this great district, and I’ve seen Erin everywhere,” said Representative Michlewitz. “She shows up, she does the work, and she’s exactly the type of city councilor we’ll see even more of once she’s in office. I’m looking forward to working alongside her as we advocate for the interests of every Bostonian.”
Rep. Michlewitz’s endorsement comes weeks before the November 2 election, when Erin will compete for one of four At-Large City Council seats, and as citywide grassroots support has been building. Her outreach has extended to every neighborhood in the city, the same energy she would bring to the City Council.
“We’ve all been lucky to have Chairman Michlewitz helping steer our state through some of the most trying times any of us can remember,” Erin said. “And he still prioritizes constituent services, connecting with the people in the neighborhoods, and championing the needs of our city. I’m honored by his endorsement and very much looking forward to collaborating on a whole host of issues about which we’re both passionate.”
Rep. Michlewitz has represented the Third Suffolk District since 2009, and has lived and worked in the neighborhoods he represents his entire life. In addition to the House Ways and Means Committee, the powerful budget-writing panel, Rep. Michlewitz has also served as Chair of the Committees on Financial Services, Public Service, and Election Laws, and as Chair of the Boston Legislative Delegation.
An active member of the community, Rep. Michlewitz was integral in successfully advocating for state funding for some of the largest employment services programs in Downtown Boston, including facilities at the Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House.