First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senator Joseph Boncore has endorsed East Boston resident Lydia Edwards for the District 1 City Council seat. Edwards, who is running against fellow Eastie resident Margaret Farmer and North End resident Stephen Passacantilli, is hoping to represent Eastie, the North End and Charlestown following the elections this fall. Boncore once squared off against Edwards when the two ran for the state senate seat left vacant by Anthony Petruccelli during a special election last spring.
“With wholehearted enthusiasm, I endorse Lydia Edwards’ candidacy for Boston City Council, representing East Boston, the North End and Charlestown,” said Sen. Boncore. “I first met Lydia during my 2016 special election for the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District. During the race we developed a mutual respect for each other’s campaigns and work. Though we were opponents, Lydia’s work ethic and enthusiasm convinced me she was running for all the right reasons.”
Boncore said following the election, he and Edwards continued their mutual work on behalf of the City of Boston.
“As the Deputy Director for Boston’s Office of Housing Stability, Lydia worked with me on the Joint Committee on Housing to draft and enact legislation providing housing assistance and relief for residents and small property owners across the city,” he said. “Lydia’s resume is impressive. She is an accomplished lawyer who left the private sector to fight for working families at Greater Boston Legal Services. Whether spearheading legislation or helping to start a soup kitchen, Lydia is effective in getting real results for the day to day Bostonian. With a deep understanding of the needs of our neighborhoods, Lydia will lead our communities and together will build a long term vision dedicated to service. She is a true public servant who will continue to listen and learn beyond her campaign. I can think of no better person to represent the real concerns of the citizens of the East Boston, the North End, and Charlestown.”