Rep. Moran told me that Ciommo, as a long-time resident of the community, understands the important historical elements of the neighborhood that are important for the job of District City Councilor. The press release from the Ciommo campaign quotes Rep. Moran expanding on this reason:
“Mark Ciommo remembers when many of the Colleges in our community did not have community liaisons. Mark can recall the struggles our former City Councilor Brian McLaughlin had, organizing residents to attend meetings in City Hall to protest the encroachment of these Universities. Those efforts ultimately led the Colleges to establish departments to deal with our concerns. Mark will call on this deep knowledge to be our voice in City Hall.”Rep. Moran also backed up his endorsement with a personal check to Ciommo's campaign on October 17, 2007 for $300 and another check from Moran's campaign committee for $100 (the maximum amount allowed for a political committee).
Sen. Tolman already donated $100 to Ciommo's campaign on June 29th -- and had also sent contributions to Tim Schofield and Rosie Hanlon -- but had not endorsed a candidate in the race at the time. He has now come out for Ciommo, saying that:
"From coaching and founding youth sports programs in Allston-Brighton to his 14 years of experience serving the seniors of our community as the Executive Director of the Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center, Mark has an unparalleled dedication to this community."No word yet from State Representative Kevin Honan or retiring A-B District 9 City Councilor Jerry McDermott on who, if anyone, they might endorse in the race.
Last week, former candidates Rosie Hanlon and James Jenner both endorsed Ciommo in the race. All of Ciommo's opponents in the race, except for run-off opponent Greg Glennon, have therefore endorsed Ciommo for the final municipal election on November 6th.