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Tito Jackson and Charlotte Golar Richie Back Michelle Wu for Mayor

Released on: October 18, 2021

Boston, MA— Tito Jackson and Charlotte Golar Richie endorsed Michelle Wu for Mayor today. Citing her proven track record and bold vision for Boston, they said that Wu is the best candidate to fight for equity and justice and deliver for Boston residents.

“I am proudly endorsing Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston. From boldly tackling our housing crisis to ensuring our public transportation system is accessible and serves all, Michelle is prepared to meet the urgency of this moment. I have worked closely with her on the City Council and know that she is the candidate with the record and bold vision to make our city more equitable for all, especially communities of color. I look forward to continuing to partner with her to work towards racial, social, economic, and climate justice for our communities,” said Former City Councilor Tito Jackson.

“I am proud to endorse Michelle Wu for Mayor! Michelle has proven through her track record that she is the candidate who’ll drive an agenda that advances racial, social, and economic justice for Boston.  And because she knows how to work the levers of government to effect meaningful change – not only is she ready to make our goals on equity a reality – she’ll also work to make government more responsive to the needs of all Boston residents,” said Former State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie.

“I’m humbled and grateful to have the support of trailblazers Tito Jackson and Charlotte Golar Richie, whose legacy in politics and public service has opened doors for a generation of leaders representing Boston’s diversity, possibility, and talent. Their leadership has reshaped what is possible in Boston, and I look forward to partnering to continue taking down barriers and building a vibrant, equitable, resilient city,” said Michelle Wu.

Tito Jackson is the chief executive of Verdant Reparative Inc, a Massachusetts medical and recreational cannabis company. Jackson was a finalist for Mayor of Boston in 2017. Prior to being elected to the Boston City Council, where he served from 2011 to 2018, Tito spent more than 15 years in sales, marketing, politics, and state government. In 2007, he became the industry director for information technology in Governor Patrick’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Later, he became the political director of Governor Patrick’s successful reelection campaign in 2010.

Charlotte Golar Richie is the former chief of housing and neighborhood development for the City of Boston and a 2013 mayoral candidate. She also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 5th Suffolk District, representing Dorchester and Roxbury, and was the first new legislator in 30 years to be appointed Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development. She later served as a senior advisor for federal, state and community affairs to Governor Deval Patrick and a commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Tito Jackson and Charlotte Golar Richie’s endorsements add to an enthusiastic multigenerational, multicultural coalition of grassroots supporters, including leaders Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Mayor Kim Janey, Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix Arroyo Sr., Boston City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Liz Breadon and Lydia Edwards; State Senators Assistant Majority Leader Sal DiDomenico, Sonia Chang Diaz and Julian Cyr; State Representatives Assistant Majority Leader Mike Moran, Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz, Jay Livingstone, Adrian Madaro, Vanna Howard, Natalie Higgins, Liz Miranda, Tram Nguyen, Maria Robinson, Andy Vargas, and Tommy Vitolo; former State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing; former State Transportation Secretaries Fred Salvucci and Jim Aloisi; former MBTA FMCB Chairman Joseph Aiello; labor unions 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Teamsters Local 25, New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE!, UAW Region 9A, Laborers Local 22, Alliance of Unions at the MBTA, MBTA Inspectors Union Local 600, OPEIU Local 453; climate organizations Sunrise Boston, Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, 350 Mass Action; Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale; Boston’s Ward 1, Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees; The Boston Guardian; and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit