PITTSFIELD — Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll say their choice for Pittsfield’s mayoral race is City Council President Peter Marchetti.
In an endorsement released by the Marchetti campaign on Tuesday evening, the commonwealth’s highest ranking politicians called Marchetti a “tremendous partner.”
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Healey reiterated her belief in Marchetti’s campaign during a visit to Pittsfield on Wednesday, saying she felt the City Council president was “the right person for the job.”
“His many years of experience — both as a banker in the banking community and community development — his work with young people, his service on the City Council, will mean a lot, I think, to the future of Pittsfield,” Healey said. “It’s certainly a vision that resonates with the vision that I have for the commonwealth.”
“I’m excited to support Peter in his candidacy,” the governor added. “I think he’ll make a terrific mayor.”
It’s a major endorsement in a race that has reconfigured the political landscape in the city, bringing former political opponents together. Marchetti is receiving support from Mayor Linda Tyer, state Rep Tricia Farley-Bouvier, former Mayor Dan Bianchi — who Marchetti ran against for mayor in 2011 — and former Mayor and current School Committee member Sara Hathaway.
Mayoral candidate John Krol, the former City Council vice president, has received the support of former mayor James Ruberto and former mayoral candidate and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo.
When discussing the endorsement news on Wednesday, Marchetti reminisced that it was just a few years ago that he was at an event at Hotel on North endorsing Healey in her run for attorney general.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the endorsement of the governor and lieutenant governor in the closing weeks of the campaign,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them when I’m the mayor.”
Healey said whoever wins the election come Nov. 7, she’ll be looking to partner with the next Pittsfield mayor on housing, economic development, workforce opportunities, access to health care and transportation issues.
“All of these things I know are things that the residents of Pittsfield need and it’s important that we work in partnership,” Healey said.
She said she appreciated the partnership that’s developed between herself and Tyer — first in her role as attorney general and now as the governor.