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(NECN: Alison King: Boston) – Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh announced his transition team Friday. He has pledged a smooth transition and promised a racially and ethnically diverse cabinet.
The transition team includes, among others, former Boston mayoral candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, John Barros and Felix Arroyo.
Walsh was asked if the transition team or family and friend would make up a large portion.
“I look at the most qualified person for the job,” He said. “I certainly am not going to load my administration with people who held up Marty Walsh signs and had Marty Walsh bumper stickers on their car.
Arroyo, Barros and Golar-Richie were asked if they had been offered a job in the administration or if they had been offered a job.
Arroyo said, “I have not had a conversation. I know Charlotte has not. I know John has not. A conversation with Mayor-elect Walsh on whether or not there will be an employment for us particularly as individuals within his administration. I’ve supported many candidates for political office. I do it based on values and what they believe in and if I believe them when they say that.”
He added, “Marty Walsh is a good man with a good heart who believes and loves this city and wants this city to move forward and wants to have access to opportunities. I don’t need a job with the Walsh administration to support somebody who believes that.