U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, whose rise from Boston’s public housing to leadership in Congress has long served as a source of pride for the city’s working families, has endorsed Erin Murphy for City Council At-Large, saying that the two share values and a commitment to constituent service.
Congressman Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, said Erin has distinguished herself with community activism and a long career in public service, and urged Bostonians to have her back in the November 2nd Election.
“I know a hard worker when I see one, and that’s Erin,” said Congressman Lynch. “She taught in the Boston Public Schools for more than 20 years, she raised her three kids in the city as a single mother, and she has given back to her neighbors and her community at every turn. Erin represents the type of leadership we don’t have enough of in Washington, and want more of in Boston.”
“I’ve known Erin a long time, and was proud to present her with the James F. Gavin Award in 2015 in recognition of her tireless work in the field of substance abuse prevention and recovery,” Congressman Lynch said. “Erin knows that addiction is a scourge in our neighborhoods, and she’s been on the front lines of combating that.”
Erin’s campaign has been gaining momentum since her strong fourth-place finish among a field of 17 candidates in the September 14th Preliminary Election, gathering support across the city as her message of inclusivity continues to connect ahead of November.
“Congressman Lynch’s endorsement means a great deal to me, not just because he’s been representing the working families of Boston so faithfully for decades,” Erin said. “His story of working hard, putting himself through school at night, raising his family in the city, and never turning his back on his values really resonates with me. He’s an exemplary public servant and a national leader in the Democratic Party, and I’m honored by his support.”
Congressman Lynch plans to campaign with Erin ahead of the November 2nd Final Election. His Eighth Congressional District includes South Boston, neighborhoods in Dorchester, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Roslindale, as well as the North End and Downtown.
Congressman Lynch was born and raised in the South Boston public housing projects, then became an ironworker after high school as a member of Ironworkers Local 7. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology, attending classes on nights and weekends. He received a law degree from Boston College Law School, working as a labor and employment attorney.
He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, then the State Senate just four months later. In 1999, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Committee on Transportation. He is a co-founder of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, which works to protect workers’ rights and educate Members of Congress on issues that impact American families.
He and his wife, Margaret, live in South Boston, where they raised their daughter, Victoria, and niece Crystal.
Erin’s campaign has been gathering steam all year, with a string of high-profile endorsements and a surge in grassroots support and volunteerism across the city. Erin has also been endorsed by, among others, activist and mentor and former At-Large candidate Said Abdikarim, Senator Nick Collins, State Representatives Dan Hunt, Michael J. Moran, Ed Coppinger, and Dan Ryan, City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn and former City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Register of Deeds Stephen J. Murphy, AFSCME Council 93 (which represents Boston municipal employees), the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Laborers Local 223, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and Boston EMS.
A lifelong Dorchester resident, Erin has centered her campaign around being Boston’s go-to call at City Hall.
Erin’s vision for Boston and her campaign are built on her core beliefs:
• Thriving, best-in-class public schools for every student in every neighborhood
• A friendlier city for seniors, with a more compassionate policy focus
• Stronger outreach to veterans, out of respect for their service and supporting their needs
• Safer streets and policing across the City, prioritizing community policing
• A firm plan to relieve the crisis at Mass & Cass that respects all stakeholder
• Reducing income inequality by promoting good jobs for all Bostonians