Gov. Baker today endorsed fellow Republican Jennifer Nassour for the District 8 City Council seat (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) being given up by Josh Zakim.
Displaying a hitherto unknown interest in the council district outside his State House office, Baker said Nassour would actually listen to the "everyday concerns of her constitutents" even as she applies her "decades of experience" in the non-profit, public and private solutions to help loosen the uniform set of views he implies the council now has:
At all levels of government, having a diverse set of ideas makes for better policy. Every resident of Boston should feel that their tax dollars are being spent with scrutiny and that their quality of life is improving, regardless of their neighborhood.
Baker did not specify any of Nassour's past jobs, but they include chairing the Republican State Committee when Scott Brown was elected senator and founding a group called Conservative Women for a Better Future - which she has said is only conservative on fiscal issues.
Nassour is one of several candidates running in this Tuesday's preliminary. Should she be the top or second-place finisher, she will advance to the November final election. Boston municipal elections are officially non-partisan.