BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former public defender and Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo announced on Tuesday that he will make a run for the office of Suffolk County District Attorney.
Following his campaign announcement, Arroyo scheduled events at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, an organization that offers services to the families of homicide victims, and the Gavin House, which provides addiction recovery services for men.
“I am running for Suffolk County District Attorney because I want to build a justice system that protects the safety and dignity of all people. I will maintain the successful reforms that have proven to improve the safety of communities across Suffolk County and move us forward with justice- and community-centered policies. I am committed to a system that reduces racial and class disparities and holds people accountable while offering healing and restoration for victims," Arroyo said in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio.
Arroyos' father, Felix D. Arroyo, was the first Latino Boston City Councilor and is the current Register of Probate for Suffolk County. According to the State House News Service the D.A candidate's brother, Felix G. Arroyo, was a city councilor that was fired from his position as Boston's chief of health and human services in 2017 in relation to sexual harassment allegations that he called "baseless."
Arroyo is the first candidate to officially run for the permanent Suffolk County D.A position.