Sharon Durkan, Candidate for Boston Council District 8, Racks Up Local Endorsements

Special to the Gazette

Sharon Durkan is racking up endorsements in her second month of campaigning for the seat formerly held by Kenzie Bok. This month, she has earned the endorsements of State Senator Lydia Edwards, Former Councilor Josh Zakim, oldest living Tuskegee Airman, Brig. Gen. Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse, Jr, and the Ward 10 Democratic Committee.

Sharon Durkan with Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse, Jr.

“Sharon is a community activist, advocate, leader, and trusted friend,” said State Senator Lydia Edwards. “Sharon’s years of organizing as Ward 5 Chair and proven dedication to housing, climate, and environmental justice makes her the perfect choice to represent District 8. With Sharon’s expertise and dedication, our community will be well represented and fought for in all her work. I wholeheartedly endorse her for City Council and look forward to partnering with her in the State Senate for our shared communities.”

“I’m honored to have the support of my friend Lydia Edwards,” said Sharon Durkan. “Senator Edwards is a public servant I have admired for a long time and gotten a chance to work closely with as Chair of the Boston Ward 5 Dems.”

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Sharon for years, and I have been consistently impressed by her dedication to the district and her unwavering commitment to serving the community as Ward 5 chair,” said Former Councilor Josh Zakim. “There is no better person to represent the diverse population of district 8. Sharon’s experience as a renter gives her a distinct perspective on affordable housing. I’m confident Sharon will be a champion for reliable transit and safe streets, climate justice and improved mental healthcare access.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Josh Zakim, whom I have had the privilege of knowing for years,” said Durkan. “With his invaluable support, I am confident in our ability to continue to best serve the needs and aspirations of District 8 residents.”

“I am beyond excited and grateful to earn the endorsement of Brig. Gen. Woody Woodhouse,” said Durkan. Sharon joined Brig. Gen. Woodhouse with other members of the Mission Hill Post during the recent annual Memorial Day Service.

“As the former Chair of the Ward 5 Dems and someone who has been deeply involved in local organizing, the endorsement of the local ward committee means a lot to me,” said Sharon. This is one of the most impactful and meaningful endorsements a candidate can earn. It means the world to me that Mission Hill residents are backing me to be the next District 8 City Councilor.”

This announcement builds upon endorsements made by Rep. Jay Livingstone, Former District 8 City Councilor Kenzie Bok, and UNITE HERE Local 26. As of May 11, Sharon is the only candidate to have made the ballot for the July 25 Municipal Special Election. She is running to represent District 8 on the Boston City Council, which includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Mission Hill, Audubon Circle and Fenway–Kenmore.

To learn more about Sharon Durkan and her campaign, visit or connect with her on Twitter, or Instagram.

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