Quincy Mayor Tom Koch endorsed Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito for re-election while joining the two state leaders who greeted voters at local businesses Sunday.
Koch also publicly supported Baker and Polito in 2014 when he was a Democrat crossing party lines to endorse the Republican gubernatorial team. Koch has since left the Democratic Party and is now registered as an unenrolled voter. Quincy city elections are non-partisan meaning candidates do not run along party lines.
In announcing his endorsement for Baker and Polito, Koch said:
“Massachusetts’ cities need leaders like Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito who understand the importance of collaborating with local government to help our communities grow and thrive, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse their re-election campaign.
“They’ve demonstrated a consistent willingness to reach across the aisle to make progress on important priorities that make life better for our constituents here in Quincy, like revitalizing our downtown, boosting support for local public schools and investing in our future workforce. Their collaborative, community-oriented approach is working for Quincy and Massachusetts, and it’s crucial we continue that positive momentum for four more years.”
Baker said he and Politio are grateful for Koch’s support and the strong partnership they have formed with the city’s mayor who has served since 2008.
“Lt. Governor Polito and I are grateful to have had a strong partnership with Mayor Koch as we work to advance policies that make life better for the people of Quincy, and we’re honored to have his support as we begin our re-election campaign,” Baker said. “As former local officials ourselves, we have a deep appreciation and respect for the work of municipal leaders, and are proud to have pursued a collaborative approach with our cities and towns. As we launch our re-election campaign, we’re proud to stand on that record of supporting Massachusetts’ communities from one end of the Commonwealth to the other.”
“Since taking office, we have prioritized building strong relationships with leaders in local government like Mayor Koch, and we’re proud to have him on our team as we seek re-election. “From implementing the Community Compact program, to following through on our promise to boost local aid for cities and towns, we have worked to ensure state government is a true partner and resource for local leaders. We look forward to continuing that commonsense approach in a second term.”