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Chuck Turner backs candidate in council race

In the crowded City Council race for District 7, Kim Janey (center), a Boston education advocate, got a boost this week.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File 2017
In the crowded City Council race for District 7, Kim Janey (center), a Boston education advocate, got a boost this week.

Sometimes you need a little help from a familiar friend.

In the crowded City Council race for District 7, Kim Janey, a Boston education advocate, got a boost this week from the man who held that post for a more than a decade.

Chuck Turner — who represented Roxbury, Dorchester, and the South End from 1999 to 2010 — gave Janey his blessing this week. The district is currently being represented by Councilor Tito Jackson, who is running for mayor, and it now also includes the Fenway.

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Turner said he has observed Janey’s advocacy over the past decade, particularly around public education, which he described as a critical issue in the city.

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“She is someone who has demonstrated an understanding of working with people in the community’’ to advocate for a better school system, Turner said.

He also gave her credit for fighting “against the forces of gentrification’’ that are “driving people from our neighborhood.”

Janey, who has been racking up big endorsements, said she was proud to have support from Turner and promised to work to help eliminate disparities in education, advocate for equity and economic justice, and fight to help people remain in their neighborhoods.

The preliminary contest is Sept. 26, and the top two vote recipients will continue to the municipal elections Nov. 7.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.