Laborers union local backs Santiago

Says he has ‘good sense for promoting development’

JON SANTIAGO, a state rep trying to build a broader base of support in Boston for his run for mayor, got a lift on Friday when a union local with strong ties to former mayor Marty Walsh endorsed his candidacy.

Laborers Local 223 of Dorchester is part of the Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborers’ District Council and has more than 800 members in Boston. It was former mayor and now US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh’s union, and it is headed by Walsh’s cousin, who is also named Martin Walsh.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

“He’s the best guy for the job,” Walsh said of Santiago.

Santiago is an emergency room doctor at Boston Medical Center and a state rep whose district encompasses parts of the South End, Back Bay, and Fenway neighborhoods of Boston. While Santiago’s background is not in construction, Walsh said the lawmaker stands out from the rest of the candidates running for mayor, including City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Andrea Campbell, and Michelle Wu, and John Barros, formerly the chief of economic development for Boston.

“He’s got a good sense for promoting development and the jobs that come with that,” Walsh said of Santiago. “I’m not comfortable with a lot of the other candidates when it comes to development.”