Talk of the Times: Baker backing council candidate
While Gloucester's candidates make their final rounds this weekend seeking voters' support at Tuesday's elections, one councilor-at-large hopeful can do so knowing he has the backing of the state's top elected official.
Attorney Joe Orlando Jr., one of eight candidates seeking one of the city's four at-large seats, has been formally endorsed by Gov. Charlie Baker, and is one of just 13 municipal candidates from across the state to receive the governor's nod, according to Terry MacCormack, communications director for MassGOP, the state Republican committee.
"They're mostly people who worked with the governor during his own election campaign last year," said MacCormack. "He knows they supported him; now he's extending his support to them as well."
Orlando — at 31, the youngest candidate in any of the Gloucester City Council races — is the son of longtime Gloucester Republican activist Joseph Orlando, and the brother of Amanda Kesterson, head of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Republican city and town committees.
In his endorsement, Baker said he was "proud" to give Orlando his backing.
"Joe Orlando will be a strong advocate for the people of Gloucester," the governor said in his prepared statement. "Joe will move Gloucester forward by expanding its tax base; growing the fishing and tourism industries; and investing in the community and its schools."
Orlando, making his first run for office in Gloucester, said he was "extremely humbled" to land the governor's endorsement.
“I believe it is very important that our city have a bridge to the governor’s office," he said, "to support our local efforts to move our city towards the future.”