Mayor Marty Walsh and Secretary of State candidate Josh Zakim. (Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Mayor Marty Walsh endorsed Boston city councilor and candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State Josh Zakim Tuesday morning. Zakim is challenging incumbent Secretary Bill Galvin.
"I'm honored to have the Mayor's support in this race & look forward to continuing our work together for equality, access, & civil rights," Zakim tweeted.
At an official endorsement event with diners at McKenna's Cafe in Dorchester, Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe he endorsed Zakim because he believes he will energize millennials and others unsatisfied with the process.
"I'm seeing what's happening in Washington D.C. with Trump and what he's done with the Census, and the Supreme Court ruled the other day to try to discourage people from voting," Walsh said. "I've watched this counselor over the last four years completely do the opposite and push for people's rights and push for voting rights, and working toward making it more accessible for voting and getting young people engaged. That's what we need in Massachusetts."
Walsh said Galvin did a good job in his position, but that he's looking for someone able to meet the challenges of the Trump era by connecting the youth and thinking outside the box.
Zakim said he's excited to have the mayor's support, and talked about the reforms they've made together.
"We've had a lot of good experiences working together in our last four and a half years at City Hall," Zakim said. "With the mayor's support, with the folks who have come from across the Commonwealth to endorse us at the Democratic Convention a week and a half ago and who have continued joining our campaign and this movement, we're going to be able to bring some real change to the Secretary of State's office in Massachusetts."