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Dozens of Boston Clergy Members Endorse Michelle Wu

Released on: October 23, 2021

Boston, MA— A dozen Boston Clergy Members came out with strong support of Michelle Wu for Mayor today, endorsing her as the best candidate to become the next Mayor of Boston. The highly respected clergy members across the city came together in support of Michelle’s candidacy and to work to ensure that people across the city of Boston vote. 

The clergy members endorsing today are as follows:

Minister Omari Jahi Aarons

Reverend Laura Reyes

Reverend Willie Bodrick

Reverend Brenda Brown

Reverend Miniard Culpepper

Reverend Larry Green

Reverend Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Arlene Hall

Reverend Sharyn Halliday

Rev. James Harrison, Jr.

Rev. Vivian Stephens-Hicks

Reverend Khaden V. Nurse, Sr.

“I met Michelle during the 2012 Senator Warren Campaign, before she became a City Councilmember and was impressed with her as an ordinary person. I was even more impressed when she decided to run for the City Council and won. I am now more impressed with Michelle than ever because she has not lost that ordinary person touch. I support Michelle 100% because Michelle means what she says and says what she means. Michelle is for all of Us!” said Reverend Culpepper.

“Michelle Wu is the person needed to lead our city into the future, PRECISELY because she unashamedly shares her big dreams and aspiration for this city. This type of bold-envisioning ‘why not’ leadership fully resonates with us as clergy and a faith community. Our work informs us that it’s only when you dream big and work hard to fulfill those dreams will real progress take place. Leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Edward M. Kennedy and Shirley Chisholm understood that. And so does Michelle!!” said Reverend Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of these prominent leaders in our faith community. Their leadership is critically important to so many of our residents, offering guidance, joy and connection. I am excited to work with our clergy to move towards the future we want as a city and build a Boston for everyone,” said Michelle Wu. 

The endorsement of these faith leaders adds 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; former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson; former State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie; 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; Working Families Party; Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale; Boston’s Ward 1, Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees; The Boston Guardian; The Planeta Newspaper; and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit